IDEAS From The CBC

Tuesday, November 10 at 2:00 pm

The Long Conversation: Why Public Broadcasting Is More Crucial Than Ever

Journalism has taken a beating over the last few years. Its reputation, its funding models, even its relevance. And we keep hearing how the public conversation has gone extinct with the rise of opinion journalism, and the toxic froth gassing off from social media bubbles — all in a (supposedly) post-truth era defined by the misinformation, disinformation and fake news. But former Wikimedia director and digital media thinker Sue Gardner sees a way through the apparent morass: the refortifying of public broadcasting — and it's a conclusion that surprises even her.

Ms. Gardner argues that we've returned to the same set of ominous social conditions which led to the creation of public broadcasting in the first place — and that now is the time to recommit to public service journalism. In extreme circumstances, the stakes can literally be a matter of life and death. And in that context, public service journalism keeps a society talking to itself, rather than tearing itself apart.

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