"Journalists try to shine a small torch into a very large, very dark cupboard. But a torch will not work if the batteries are not replaced when they run out, and that is what happens when those in charge cut editorial budgets and under-invest in journalism by reducing the number of reporters, closing local offices and turning journalists into churnalists. Nor will a torch illuminate a cupboard if it is pointed somewhere else. That is why journalist Ignacio Ramonet, of Le Monde Diplomatique in France, has called for the creation of a 'fifth estate' – made up of journalists and other concerned citizens – to rescue the idea of socially responsible journalism from the clutches of giant media corporations…"
"There are fears that it may already be too late for journalists working in some of the more profit-hungry sectors of the media. Academic Bob Franklin uses the term 'McJournalism' to characterise the predictable, standardised and 'flavourless mush' produced when journalists have to work in conditions that are more commonly associated with the fast food sector: conditions produced by the relentless drive for economic efficiency…"
"A campaign for slow journalism may be unlikely to set pulses racing, but the point is well made that journalists need time and space within which to function properly. Journalists are far more likely to get things wrong, or to behave unethically, when they are denied the necessary time and space; time to get out of the office, time to nurture a range of sources, time to build trust, time to check things out, time to read documents properly, time to thin, and the space to discuss with colleagues any ethical implications without the fear of being ridiculed."
(Tony Harcup in 'The Ethical Journalist,' p. 141 Sage)
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