As local media institutions collapse and news deserts sprout up across the US and beyond, commercial journalism is facing a profound crisis. Meanwhile, continuous revelations about the role that major media outlets - from Facebook to Fox News - play in the spread of misinformation have exposed deep pathologies in American and global communication systems.
Drawing from my new book Democracy without Journalism?, my talk will focus on the structural roots of the contemporary journalism crisis and the possibilities for a new kind of journalism. In exploring what that might look like, I emphasize the need for a publicly owned and democratically governed media system.
Amid growing scrutiny of unaccountable monopoly control over media institutions and concerns about the consequences to democracy, I argue that now is an opportune moment to address fundamental flaws in commercial news and information systems and push for alternatives.
This event is a focus seminar presented by the the Digital Journalism Research Group.
Victor Pickard is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication where he co-directs the Media, Inequality & Change (MIC) Center.
Currently he is a visiting fellow at Goldsmiths and LSE. His research on the history and political economy of media institutions has appeared in a wide range of academic and popular publications.
He is the co-author of "After Net Neutrality: A New Deal for the Digital Age and the author of Democracy without Journalism? Confronting the Misinformation Society".