Fri 18 Sep 2015 12:01AM

Journalism is a public good, and should be publicly funded

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Evidence of a Global Journalism Crisis can arguably be found in the lead up to the Global Financial Crisis, and the so-called War on Terror.

Both surrounded by widespread falsehoods, GFC and WOT were cheer-led by most mainstream media, leading to the loss of countless lives and trillions of dollars.

Like the legislature, executive and judiciary, the 4th Estate is an integral part of modern democracy and must be treated as an independent institution, not a 'business model' subject to shifting fortunes of allegedly 'free' markets.

Public funding has helped stabilise troubled finance, manufacturing and service industries. It should now be used to establish truly global journalism, now deep in crisis.

JA cites the precedent of the 0.7% of global GDP targeted for aid, calling for 0.7% of global aid to be directed towards global journalism outcomes.

Such funding should be tied to greater formalisation of professional journalism, including concepts of fair use and fair news, along with much greater transparency and media accountability systems.

Whether public or private, journalism outlets should be able to access this funding, upon acceptance of these formal structures.

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Poll Created Fri 18 Sep 2015 12:01AM

0.7% of global aid goes towards global journalism Closed Sun 1 May 2016 11:17AM

Globalised news media are suffering a Global Journalism Crisis.

Accordingly, we need globalised responses to this challenge.

Calling for high-level recognition of a Global Journalism Crisis by World Press Freedom Day 2016, the Journalism Agenda sets a clear target of 0.7% of global aid for world journalism, to be achieved by 2020.


Results Option % of points Voters
Agree 100.0% 1 JB
Abstain 0.0% 0  
Disagree 0.0% 0  
Block 0.0% 0  
Undecided 0% 2 JA JK

1 of 3 people have voted (33%)


Jason Brown
Fri 18 Sep 2015 12:37AM

Data analysis and new business models are tools of journalism, not the profession itself.

There is clear consensus worldwide for a GJC, a global journalism crisis. Staffing, resources and/or corruption, we need to set concrete targets, and dates.