11/20/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Jay Rosen: The Future of Context

Jay Rosen: The Future of Context

As audiences and consumers of the news become increasingly wary of the journalists and media outlets that produce it, academic and blogger Jay Rosen calls for a rethink of the underlying methods of news production.

He claims news has become so incremental and fluid that audiences lack the necessary background knowledge to make sense of the information they are receiving. Rosen also notes that journalists have become captives of deadlines and are forgoing context for timeliness.

But as production and distribution become cheaper, easier and more flexible, Rosen argues there is a need for journalists and reporters to reclaim their role as "explainers," taking a Socratic position on behalf of their audiences.

Jay Rosen was speaking at the ABC's Ultimo Centre in Sydney, with ABC Radio's "PM" presenter Mark Colvin.

Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0700

Location: Sydney, Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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