- In the free-media digital age, journalists' wages are being slashed as industry jobs are lost and new opportunities dry up. In the opening scenes of Blade Runner, Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi thriller set in the year 2019, the protagonist (played by Harrison Ford) stands reading a printed newspaper to a backdrop of neon and dystopia. Even dark fantasists, it seems, did not foresee the death of the traditional and relatively inert media model.
- Undoubtedly, there's been a lot of journalistic positives brought about by greater technology. But, in this brave new media world, the news industry, monetarily at least, seems a bleaker place than it once was. Recycled material from social-media sources, along with syndicated content from centralised news agencies, is increasingly being adopted by revenue-strapped media outlets as a cheaper alternative to hiring individual journalists. This shift has resulted in the inevitable decrease in quality, forensic journalism.
- As a result, the mainstream media (or legacy media, as it is now ascribed) increasingly finds itself acting as an echo-chamber to consensus news narratives, due in part to a lack of independent staff and established sources on the ground.
The irony of the proliferation of citizen, digital images and (mis?)information in the new media age is that rather than rendering the journalist obsolete, it is arguable that ethical, quality journalists might now be needed more than they ever were, to source, contextualise and disseminate the truly vital information that is out there in the online, digital abyss.
Below are some reference points to the good and the great, and the various deviations, nuances and anomalies of the current media vista. The compendium is mainly focused on the area of foreign correspondent journalism, from a western media perspective, i.e. the content below overlooks the quality journalism that exists in the countries that are reported on in the western media's foreign dispatches. By doing so, it also leaves out the local journalists of those countries who statistically account for 80-90 per cent of total media casualties in hostile environments.
13 ARTICLES ABOUT FOREIGN REPORTING:
16 DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT FOREIGN REPORTING: