- April 17, 2019
- Posted by: lutherpendragon
- Category: news
This month we were pleased to welcome David Grossman, BBC Newsnight’s Technology Editor, for the latest in our series of #LutherNetwork events.
Grossman kindly joined us to lead a discussion on the nature of the modern news ecosystem and the difficulties outlets face in producing nuanced yet engaging stories. He spoke of the need to balance the demands of creating ‘clip-friendly’ content for social media with serving the needs of the watching audience, which, ultimately, should always be the priority.
Reflecting on Newsnight’s specific role in the information cycle, following the 10 o’clock news, he stressed the importance of adding value. The best packages counter the narrative, he said, although never for the sake of it.
During the session, the group noted that while social media allows for greater levels of engagement with politics and current affairs, many reports have become more superficial to cater for this new format. This can be particularly problematic for those covering complex themes, including the rise of artificial intelligence and other developments in the technology sector.
Our thanks go to David and our guests for joining us.
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