18,196 A New Deal for Journalism

The Forum on Information and Democracy report – “A New Deal for Journalism”

As the Covid-19 pandemic undermines journalism at a growing pace, the Forum on Information and Democracy is publishing its recommendations under the title “A New Deal for Journalism”. The report presents a plan to guarantee up to 0.1% of GDP a year into journalism to safeguard its social function for the future.

The New Deal would be a massive commitment both at the national and the international scale to ensure the social function of journalism. Christophe Deloire, chair of the Forum, explains: “The New Deal for Journalism consists of linking together various points that up to now have been separate, i.e. how the market is organised, the technological environment, and the work of journalists, with its working practices and ethics. This amounts to rebuilding journalism, not as the ‘media sector’, but as an essential element of freedom of opinion and expression, predicated on the right to information.”

The working group’s steering committee is chaired by Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford and is composed of 17 international specialists. The report was written by a team of rapporteurs supervised by Sameer Padania, an expert on the information ecosystem.

The report is structured around four fields of action: media freedom, the independence of journalism, a favourable economic climate and support for a sustainable digital model. Among the recommendations are:

  • Ensure full transparency of media ownership as part of broader measures on transparency, anti-corruption and financial integrity
  • Implement initiatives allowing quality journalism to be singled out and given a comparative advantage again, such as the Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI), to restore confidence among all stakeholders
  • Support and adopt international measures for taxing digital platforms, such as the global minimum corporate tax rate proposed by the OECD
  • Develop hybrid funding for the media, combining philanthropy and public support by establishing private-public blended financial instruments for commercial and non-profit media
  • Secure from governments a commitment to spending 1% of official development assistance on support for independent media and their enabling environment
  • Establish support mechanisms allowing citizens to support media organizations of their choice (such as media vouchers, tax relief on subscriptions, or income tax designations)
  • Structure the reflection on the impact of AI on journalism by including journalism and media as strategic sectors in national Artificial Intelligence strategies and roadmaps

Read more at https://informationdemocracy.org/working-groups/sustainability-of-journalism/

Or download the report directly from https://informationdemocracy.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/ForumID_New-Deal-for-Journalism_16Jun21.pdf

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