Kann so der Journalismus gerettet werden?

There is more we must do to support the news industry to make sure this vital social function is sustainable—from growing local news, to developing formats best suited to mobile devices, to improving the range of business models news organizations rely on.

Mark Zuckerberg könnte einen Plan haben, wie der Journalismus und die Medienindustrie zu retten sind. Der Columbia Journalism Review zumindest träumt davon, dass die großen fünf Tec-Firmen der USA je 1 Milliarde US-Dollar in einen Topf werfen, um unabhängigen Journalismus zu unterstützen. Das sei jedenfalls sinnvoller als die Aktivitäten viele kleiner Initiativen zum gleichen Thema.

Neither Facebook or Google really wants to actually employ journalists, yet journalism institutions will continue to fail because of the adverse market conditions. Zuckerberg voices concern for “local journalism,” and Google’s Digital News Initiative has done the same. This is partly public relations, to quiet existing publishers. But there is more to it than that. The inquiries about filter bubbles and fake news have really hit home. The looming possibility of regulation, and the moral imperative to improve the information environment, are weighing heavily on the platform companies.