Gary Gach
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Dmitry Selemir
Gary, this is a very interesting and somewhat controversial topic. Here in the UK there is still a big debate going on (and a number of high profile court cases) to do with media ethics and in particular with privacy laws. Not exactly the same topic, yet it goes to the heart of the same matter. 
As an observer (I’m not a media professional, so can not claim a stronger affiliation) — it seems to me that we are about to witness a big transformation in the world of media. The signs of that change are already here and so are the reasons for it to happen. I am thinking about a much more in depth article about this at the moment. Will share as soon as I get the chance to sit down and properly write it up. The gist of it — the current media is no longer fit for purpose. Problems like Fukushima fall out — the ones that have local source, yet global impact are numerous and the way they are covered in the media always carries the stamp of what is behind that particular media outlet. The absolute majority if not all news sources we have today have a wealthy individual or state, religious or political organization behind them. They all also carry the hallmarks of being very country specific. None of them can be truly called global in their approach to delivering the news. Most of them have revenue creation as the main driver. In my view this is dangerous — they tell people what they think people want to hear. News coverage needs to become more impartial and news agencies should feel the responsibility for educating people as well as informing them. It is not obvious how you remedy this. Just creating a new news agency or new set of ethical standards they should follow is not going to solve this. Perhaps having a crowd funded/non-profit news aggregator which collects stories on the same topic from different sources in different countries and then provides analysis of differences between them could be a step in the right direction. It will also have to have the tools empowering the audience, giving it the chance to interact with the authors and other audience members to point out any mistakes or highlight points of view which didn’t get captured. This is just one idea, or rather broad outline of the idea. Would love to hear what people think.