Media Meditations is a new media organisation.
The new media organisations that are being launched in the social media age appear to fill the gap left by journalism’s slow disappearance. Today, partisan rhetoric often appears as news, while investigative journalism appears to serve the powerful rather than protects the weak. Can a new media organisation reverse this trend is the question that is at the heart of Media Meditations.
Over the next year, the organisation will publish 13 articles on media. If a particular event warrants it, then a special edition will be published. The format will be a meditation on some part of the media’s effect, its ethos, and its role in society. The focus will be on the new news organisations to consider whether their business models are viable and if viable, whether they will continue or transform journalism.
The propositions that animate media meditations are the following.
Is journalism’s health related to the success, or failure, of investigative journalism?
If investigative journalism now relies more on leaks than research, then can it recover its dependence on the powerful and the connected?
If journalism has lost its voice as a champion of the weak, is it because it now appears to be a loudspeaker of the powerful or partisan interests?
If journalism sets itself up to challenge and confront the government, how are we to judge its use of the public interest?
Over the course of 2014, Media Meditations will attempt to answer these questions through various meditations.