19.10.10

The Death and Life of American Journalism - John Nichols talk at Australia's Walkley Conference



In a time when thousands of newspapers are shedding staff, being closed, sold off or swallowed, John Nichols reasserts the importance of fierce and independent political journalism.

Lamenting the economic state of modern news media, John Nichols, political blogger for The Nation, defends independent journalism as a necessary element of a free society. "When someone gets information that power doesn't want and communicates it to the powerless, they are committing the act of journalism."

Nichols is a noted U.S. commentator who writes for The Nation and was a visiting guest at the 2010 Walkley Media Conference. He warns his Australian audience that the dip in quantity and quality of American television and print media could spread, if Australia fails to value the institutions and outlets that act as our critical "fourth estate." - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

John Nichols is a noted U.S. commentator who writes for The Nation and was a visiting guest at the 2010 Walkley Media Conference.

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/08/10/John_Nichol...

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