Mainstream media is under attack. While Donald Trump may be the loudest voice in the assault he is not the most effective. That honour goes to Google and Facebook and Twitter and, and, and . . .
The impact of social media and search engines on advertising revenues is gutting mainstream media. There are more news outlets today and fewer journalists. More press releases and less reporting. Consolidation, generic mastheads along with cut and paste, mean politicians and public figures are getting a free pass.
The role of the media as a watchdog, an early warning system, is in jeopardy as budgets shrink. But, journalists are innovative, finding new ways of keeping public figures and institutions accountable.
In the fifth instalment of our series on Democracy and The Media, we invited Harold Munro, the Editor-in-Chief of the Vancouver Sun, to join us for a Conversation That Matters about the role of mainstream media in a democracy.