Power over Media or Media over power?

December 8, 2016 in uncategorised

In today’s class we discussed the powerful people and businesses that control the content journalists produce. But I would like to look at the times the Media and individual journalists defeated the people who sat in a bigger chair than them.

Between the Moguls and Corporations privately funding the media, individuals have a tendency to merge and monopolise, control of labour, production and distribution costs. But, these are the people controlling the media and they’re completely driven by profit, asking themselves, what will make the Newspapers sell?

This manipulation of content expands by the editors demanding pieces of celebrity culture at the tabloid papers and magazines as subjects which interest the public. A situation we see becoming more prominent amongst the digital age where subjects that will interest the public can become a trend and are literally inserted into their news feed.

Often the examples where the media have made a strong case against the powerful people and organisations begin with one strong-minded journalist with the knowledge of good ethical practice.

Peter Oborne bought shame on The Telegraph when he publically made a statement on Channel 4 News explaining how the Swiss Leaks was a major story of public interest. Yet the editors collectively decided they could not publish the story to the extent in which it deserved due to the main bank involved HSBC, providing the paper with millions of pounds of private advertising endorsements. Oborne made his case and the paper lost the advertising money despite their efforts to conceal the story.

If we are to look at Edward Snowden’s case, a young man with no journalistic history but clear ethical values who holds great value for Public Interest matters. Journalists Glen Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill pushed the boundaries of modern journalism by reporting on a national security issue affecting every US citizen and ultimately the leaked information on how the government were spying on its country. In this case, the journalists could have been imprisoned as an accomplice to Edward Snowden in releasing protected national secret information.

With conviction and evidence these journalists were able to prove they had the right to publish against the large individuals and corporations.

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