Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Staying Alive: The Future with Irene Berkowitz (S01E04)

With social media becoming a major distributor of our local news, should they have a role in funding the sustainability of our newsrooms? Reflections from a professor on the future of local media.

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Irene S. Berkowitz, PhD

In every stage of disruption in any industry, there’s always one common thread—technology. Without a doubt, the future of local news is what you’re listening to this podcast on right now. We find stories as we scroll through our feeds, the alerts push as news breaks, and we can even engage with stories. 

But with social media becoming a major distributor of our local news, companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google are becoming more involved with local journalism. So should they have a role in funding the sustainability of our newsrooms?

When it comes to helping carve out the future frameworks of local media, one professor has a multitude of experience as a producer, professor, and has even spoken in front of critical policymakers at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission- the CRTC. Dr. Irene Berkowitz is with Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media and Ted Rogers School of Management and author of Mediaucracy. 

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Winston Sih
Winston is currently a freelance technology and travel broadcast journalist, consultant, and is the creator and founder of Master Travellr—Canada’s destination for travel news, guides, and budget recommendations.

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