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  • 18 December 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Dubai Declaration: From Gatekeeper to Networker - the public promise of the new journalism

    "Journalism is vital for building societies. It is a systemic part of the social environment. We need to build a new technical, political and financial ecosystem to support it. ...Traditional models of journalism are in danger of being marginalized as public discourse shifts to direct and networked media. Journalism - both citizen and professional - needs to be fostered in these new spaces." These are two of the core messages of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism. Maybe it was just coincidence, but once the councils (under the auspices of the World Economic Forum) wrapped up their Dubai meeting, the desert destination declared it was facing major financial challenges. So what else is new? We see fewer journalists working at fewer publications, dwindling audiences for print and broadcast, crumbling business models, kids preferring to spend their lives on social networks, amateurs articulating their concerns directly. Hard times for media. But the demise of media should not be confounded with the end of journalism. Journalism will have a future.