What we are reading
Take a look at some of things we are currently reading in our newsroom that you should be aware of
Reuters Institute | Race and leadership in the news media 2020
This Reuters Institute’s factsheet analyses the percentage of non-white top editors in a strategic sample of 100 major online and offline news outlets in five different markets across four continents, Brazil, Germany, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. One of the results, South Africa, which far outperforms the other four countries in terms of the racial diversity of top editors, the percentage of non-whites in the general population is much higher than it is among top editors.
The Hindu | Re-imagining journalism series
The Readers’ Editor of the The Hindu, A.S. Panneerselvan has been writing a series of articles questioning the future of journalism and how we should be thinking about the changes taking place. Since the beginning of July, Panneerselvan solicit’s the opinions of the publication’s readers on how to re-imagine journalism by looking beyond the obvious pitfalls such as the impact of post-truth narratives that flow from the top and the economic strain caused by the pandemic. Find the second and third articles. He aims to conclude this series next week.
Columbia Journalism Review | Yes, ‘irregardless’ is a word. No, it’s not new.
Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for Merriam-Webster, tweeted in response to another Twitter user’s complaint that, “irregardless” has “Been sitting right there in Merriam Webster dictionaries, between ‘irrefutably’ and ‘irregeneracy,’ since 1934.” The Oxford English Dictionary traces the first use of “irregardless” to 1912, though a similar word, “unregardless,” goes back well into the nineteenth century.
Business models for news, already under threat before the pandemic, have been devastated during the global health crisis. How do we invent new ones so that citizens and communities get the news they need to make informed decisions? A panel representing organisations that support independent news media shared their visions of how to rebuild a robust news media, the role of technology platforms in supporting independent news, and how news outlets can gain the trust — and financial support — of audiences.
Like business itself, business journalism can be more progressive, inclusive, and oriented toward solving big problems. This is possible now because the next generation of business leaders and investors want it to be true, and they are our most important readers. But what does “progressive” mean for journalism?