Has self-regulation changed journalism since 1999?

In Press review on May 18, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Paul Bradshaw has set out 10 ways that journalism has changed in the last ten years. His full article is well worth reading.

However, there is one notable absence: self-regulation. The issues that Paul talks about are critically related to regulation:

  • Journalists producing more content, for more platforms.
  • Instant measurability of journalism
  • Readers having a direct influence on output. Readers being able to create their own output.

But self-regulation doesn’t figure on his list. The PCC – and leading advocates such as Paul Dacre – firmly believe that the PCC has changed the industry for the better since the “excesses of the 1980s”. Have journalists noticed the difference?


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