Pedaling on the 24-hour news cycle

By Barry Tucker                    1 March, 2013

If you have a portable communications device you have in your hand a news on demand device. You can capture the news, write it, print it, post it, pass it on, read it, view the video and demand more, the latest, a follow-up. Consumers are driving demand, and driving journalists nuts as they try to keep up while maintaining quality.

Katharine Murphy (@murpahroo) is National Affairs Correspondent with Fairfax’s Melbourne newspaper The Age and blogs on The Pulse Live. She is also Deputy Political Editor designate with the planned Australian edition of The Guardian.

In an article in sister publication, The Sydney Morning’s Herald’s on-line edition National Times, Ms Murphy wrote about the pressures today’s journalists face and how it affects their relationship with their readers:

“Audiences have never been more hostile to the journalistic filter. They don’t trust us. They want information without the narration, the calculated ellipsis, the bias, the back story. I can understand the impulse, because there is a lot about the modern media cycle that is toxic and random, even if the intentions are to be otherwise.

“I think we are responding, either thoughtfully or by default, to a desire from the audience for a purer form of journalism — ”just the events, ma’am” — coverage so fast and furious and unfiltered that there’s not time to overlay some secret agenda on it. Technology enables this shift.”

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