The latest exodus from The Age has again drawn attention to shifts in the media industry. Are Fairfax papers indispensable? What does the future hold for Australian journalists who have lost their job? If the business model for newspapers is no longer viable, what does that mean for the value we place on journalism?
Jonathan Green joins us on ChatterSquare to ponder these and other questions. He has had a varied career in print and radio, including as editor at The Age, Crikey and The Drum (ABC Online). He can be heard on ABC radio programs such as RN Drive. He also edits Meanjin, one of Australia's oldest literary journals.
In this episode, he discusses the expectations around journalism: not just in terms of its role in liberal democracies, but as a career, as the content base for revenue, and as an expression of 'a basic human desire to know what's going on.' He touches on the effect of technology, as well as the current challenge in paying for the cost of production.
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Fatima Measham is a Eureka Street consulting editor. She co-hosts the ChatterSquare podcast, tweets as @foomeister and blogs on Medium.