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Why is journalism failing democracy?

In rich countries, local media is struggling to survive. The people who produce and consume the news are increasingly elites living in big cities. Why is this happening, what does it mean for democracy and what can we do about it?

7 October 2021, 12.00am

Hear from:

Nikki Usher Senior fellow, Center for Journalism and Liberty, Open Markets Institute; associate professor in journalism, University of Illinois; author of ‘News for the Rich, White, and Blue: How Place and Power Distort American Journalism’ (2021), ‘Interactive Journalism: Hackers, Data, and Code’ (2016) and ‘Making News at The New York Times’ (2014)
Jonathan Heawood Executive director of the Public Interest News Foundation, senior research fellow at Stirling University and author of ‘The Press Freedom Myth’
Peter Geoghegan Editor-in-chief, openDemocracy
Mary Fitzgerald Director of information democracy, Open Society Foundations; former editor-in-chief, openDemocracy

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