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Volume 18, Issue 2

Rebuilding public trust in journalism
October, 2012

Britain's Hackgate: 'I think we've handled the crisis extremely well.' - Rupert Murdoch.
Cartoon: © Alan Moir, 2012, The Sydney Morning Herald.

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October, 2012

ISSN: 1023-9499

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In this issue…

Since the call for papers to the theme for this issue of the Pacific Journalism Review, more tumultuous events in journalism have unfolded dominated by the agonising restructure of the newspaper arms of media companies across the region. Hundreds of editorial jobs are on the line. The increasingly desperate search for the ‘new business model’ has been stepped up. But is the new model the only answer to the current plight of journalism? Are media proprietors paying enough attention to the fact that the business model is built on the public trusting the journalistic practices that sit at the heart of the media brands? Perhaps all stakeholders should pay closer attention to Conboy’s thoughts?

…this doom-laden perspective which permeates the news media industries ignores the fact that historically it is the audience, not the business model, which defines the contours of journalism. The business model has simply enabled journalism to marketise this audience for maximum profitability. (Conboy, 2010, p. 7)

From this perspective to retain public trust in journalism and to rebuild lost trust becomes as important as the quest to make online journalism pay. Indeed, without, or with low, public trust in news media, will online journalism ever pay enough to sustain quality journalism?

Excerpt from the editorial: Johan Lidberg

Fulltext of all PJR articles available on the INFORMIT subscription database



1. Editorial: Trust and transparency
David Robie, Johan Lidberg


2. Who guards the guardians?
Rebuilding public trust in journalism
Duncan Bloy
3. Why the market can’t ensure a free press
Rebuilding public trust in journalism
Wendy Bacon
4. Finkelstein Report: Volume of media vitriol in inverse proportion to amount of evidence
Rebuilding public trust in journalism
Rodney Tiffen
5. Murdoch’s flagship: The Australian newspaper two decades on
Rebuilding public trust in journalism
Denis Cryle
6. NZ watchdogs must keep up with media’s changing face
Rebuilding public trust in journalism
Linda Clark
7. The moment of Leveson: Beyond ‘First Amendment fundamentalism’ in news regulatory policies
Rebuilding public trust in journalism
Paul K. Jones
8. ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’—Australian media industry attitudes to regulation and accountability reforms
Rebuilding public trust in journalism
Johan Lidberg
9. The media regulation debate in a democracy lacking a free expression guarantee
Rebuilding public trust in journalism
Mark Pearson
10. Who can you trust? Medical news, the public and what reporters think about public relations sources
Rebuilding public trust in journalism
Patrizia Furlan
11. Journalism’s road codes: The enduring nature of common ethical standards
Rebuilding public trust in journalism
Gavin Ellis
12. Self-regulation as a tool for ensuring media accountability: The Kenyan experience
Rebuilding public trust in journalism
Jared Obuya


14. Fiji’s coup culture 1987-2006: A media perspective
Thakur Ranjit Singh


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