‘Fortress Journalism’

In a document made available by The BBC College of Journalism called The Future of Journalism, editor Peter Horrocks writes about the transformation of news in the digital age in his paper, The End of Fortress Journalism:

Most journalists have grown up with a fortress mindset. They have lived and worked in proud institutions with thick walls. Their daily knightly task has been simple: to battle journalists from other fortresses. But the fortresses are crumbling and courtly jousts with fellow journalists are no longer impressing the crowds. The end of fortress journalism is deeply unsettling for us and requires a profound change in the mindset and culture of journalism.

Other papers in the collection are similarly grim: Death of the Story and Video Games: A New Medium for Journalism. Pass the Wii controller. I’m advancing my worldly knowledge.


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