Ep. 6, Democracy & The Media: Crowdfunded Journalism

February 22, 2018

Democracy & The Media: Crowdfunded Journalism

One of the challenges mainstream television faces is sameness. We’ve all scrolled through the listings and been presented with an endless array of programming that fits into advertiser supported shows.

Advertisers want to speak to as large and focused audience as possible. They have a product to sell and they want to place their product next to programming that appeals to a broad audience.

Therein lies the problem when it comes to the production of programming that challenges viewers to question their perspectives on big issues. Issues that lie at the heart of our society, globalization, human rights, equality, freedom of speech, freedom of faith, freedom to choose who they fall in love with, and free market economies.

In British Columbia, we’re fortunate to have a public broadcaster that operates free of influence from advertisers and bureaucrats, a truly independent voice offering a range of perspectives that challenge viewers to think and debate issues.

We invited Rudy Buttignol, Knowledge Networks President to join us for a Conversation That Matters about the role of independent television in a democracy.

Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue presents Conversations That Matter. Join veteran Broadcaster Stuart McNish each week for an important and engaging Conversation about the issues shaping our future.

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