Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Sustaining South African Journalism in a post-Covid World
2020’s tragedy and heartache, its contagion and disconnection, its weirdness, and all our struggles to adapt and survive, and to cope and emerge as intact as we can, are reflected in travails of the news media and journalism the world over. The pandemic has accelerated long-wave trends in media economics that are reshaping journalism everywhere, and which are playing out in South Africa in particularly harsh ways.
Even as the economics of journalism becomes more complex and challenging, there is an urgent need to step back and explore what others are thinking about the kinds of policies and structured interventions that can be put in place to secure the long-term future of journalism.
As many other nations are realizing, without new ways of thinking and new approaches to funding journalism, there will simply be far less journalism. And increasingly, in some local areas, there will be no journalism at all.
At this webinar, hosted by Highway Africa, a new research explores what South Africans can learn from global debates as others experiment to find novel ways to fund the Fourth Estate. Join us for a discussion focusing on the following key issues:
- Direct and indirect ‘social’ subsidies, including world-wide trends towards more direct state support for local news media;
- Understanding global approaches to Platform Power — collaboration or confrontation?;
- Facilitating large-grant and small-gift philanthropy; and
- Data costs and the zero-rating of news.
- Better ways of funding and securing the future of Public Service Media
- The currency of credibility – monetising trust in journalism through deeper listening and transparency.
Those attending the webinar will be able to download the research report for free from https://highwayafrica.ru.ac.za