Who controls the media? Journalism & Society Seminar 20.10.16

October 21, 2016 in Journalism & Society

During this week we were concentrating on the political economy of the media and coming to our own conclusions to Where the power lies, in the world of Journalism.

Some could argue that the power lies in the sponsors. Almost all newspapers have companies who are their investors through advertisement. What happens when someone wants to write a story that puts their sponsor in a bad light?

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Screen shot from The Guardians article on Peter Osborne’s resignation

Back in 2015, when HSBC was found under fire by supposedly helping ‘big names’ with tax evasion. It was a huge story which every newspaper covered. Every newspaper that is, except for The Daily Telegraph. They practically ignored the story, when Peter Osborn (Chief political commentator for the Daily Telegraph ) made his feelings public after resigning, it was discovered that his abrupt resignation was connected to the HSBC scandal. Saying; “If major newspapers allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself is in peril” (Source)

Its as though the Journalists have been restricted in lines of who and what they can write about. It makes you wonder, how many times has this happened? Not every newspaper commentator, like Peter Osborne, is going to resign due to a story that was ignored just because they thought it was unethical. What else has the public been ignorant to due to the papers not wanting to rattle the investors cage?

Before the internet, the media had more control over what was being distributed out into the public. I believe that the introduction of the world wide web changed things forever. In my opinion, no one is safe. No secrets can be kept and if they are kept, that is only for now. Journalists can make a difference as long as they’re not afraid to rattle a few cages. People have the right to know what is happening in the world and it is our job as journalists, to inform them. This is where I believe, the internet has its advantage for Journalists who want to tell the stories that no one wants to cover. Because once something is posted on the internet, it’s there forever. Accessible to anyone and everyone.









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