Sophie Black - In Defence of Online News
News got cheap on the internet - some would say free, but not Crikey editor Sophie Black. In this Lunchbox/Soapbox she doesn’t shy away from the worst of the web but looks to those moments when online journalists broke stories that would have been impossible 10 years ago.
Rather than another “end of media” discussion, Black says we should embrace the possibilities of new media to create new stories using crowdsourcing, social networking and bloggers like Grog’s Gamut.
There’s also a transcript of this speech including links to most headlines and websites mentioned.
Sophie Black is head of special projects at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as the writers scheme The Next Chapter, the podcast mentoring scheme Signal Boost, the multi-award-winning podcast, The Messenger, and the ABC RN program, Talkfest.
Previously she was editor-in-chief at Private Media and she is the former editor of Crikey. She has delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as Director, sits on the advisory board for Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism and is co-chair of the human rights publication Right Now.