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.
‘Women have many reasons to be wary, depressed or downright terri ed of the internet. No guaranteed safe space exists for a woman online. Especially a lippy one. And yet ... as a tool for social change, the internet, to the extent that we can still refer to it as a single entity, still offers immense possibilities.’
Sophie Black is head of publishing at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as the national to writers scheme The Next Chapter, the multi-award-winning podcast, The Messenger, and the ABC RN program, Talkfest. Previously she was editor-in-chief at Private Media, where she headed up titles such as Crikey, Women’s Agenda, Daily Review and SmartCompany. In 2013, she delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as Director. She sits on the advisory board for Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism and the human rights publication Right Now.