Looking to the future, we wonder: how will we, as a community, stay informed on what is happening in our city and monitor the decisions and actions of our elected officials? Who is investing the time to investigate the activities of corporations and power brokers? As old media revenue models heave and shift under new technological and cultural pressures, the way we will answer this question is much less predictable than it used to be. For more than a century, local newsrooms have fueled democracy, holding municipal leaders, governments, and ‘big brass’ business to account, but today the future and sustainability of local investigative journalism is far from clear. What is at stake?
Jennifer O’Brien (@JeninLdnont) is a well known and highly respected journalist and reporter in London. She worked at the London Free Press for 16 years. She has reported extensively on diversity, multiculturalism and is especially interested in issues related to equity and social justice.
- More about police street checks and Charter rights
- “We’re living in a world driven by the Almighty Click“
- Referenced Neil Postman’s book, Amusing Ourselves to Death, when discussing the definition of ‘news’
- A version of this conversation was originally recorded on May 15, 2017. Unfortunately, due to a technical glitch, the original recording was lost. The above audio was recorded on June 6, 2017, and revisits some of the themes from the first conversation.
- Photo of original conversation by @KateDubinski
- Since recording, the London Free Press won its first Michener for the Indiscernible series (by @RandyRatLFPress), which chronicles the jailhouse death of a man who fell between the cracks of Ontario’s correctional, health, and justice systems.