What does the future hold for journalists? – Lords committee seeks your views
The House of Lords Committee on Communications and Digital has today launched its call for evidence to seek views on the future of journalism.
The Committee is seeking evidence on how digital technologies are changing the production and consumption of journalism, how journalists can be supported to adapt to those changes, and how the profession can become more trusted by the general public.
The Committee is seeking written evidence to be received by Wednesday 25 March 2020.
Commenting Lord Gilbert of Panteg, Chairman of the Committee, said:
“In our democracy journalism is at the core, but in recent years we have seen a shift from the traditional consumption of news and away from established business models.
“Within moments, we now have access to news on multiple platforms and no longer need to wait for the morning paper or the evening news for updates. Social media has allowed new organisations to disrupt the news market and also gives individuals a greater freedom to publish news and analysis themselves, challenging established providers.
“For the 70,000 people across the UK who are employed as journalists, the shift from traditional print media to digital has given rise to a need for more training and an increased range of skills.
“Public trust in journalists has fallen and is particularly low outside of London and other metropolitan hubs. This may be connected to the profession not being representative of the population it is serving. Only 11 per cent of journalists are from working class backgrounds and only six per cent are not white.
“These issues are why the Communications and Digital Committee are seeking written evidence by 25 March and encourage anyone working in journalism, or anyone with an interest in this area to get in touch.”
Questions the Committee are inviting evidence on include:
- How have digital technologies changed the consumption of journalism?
- How can innovation and collaboration help news organisations to maintain sustainable business models?
- Do journalists have access to the training opportunities necessary to adapt to the digital world? How could public policy better support the training of journalists?
- Why has trust in journalists declined? How could it be improved?
- Why is the journalism profession not more representative of the population?
- How can journalists better understand and convey the concerns and priorities of people who do not live in London or other metropolitan hubs?