Ask anyone today where they get their news, and there’s a very good chance they’ll say either “Facebook” or “Google.” Yet neither of those global corporations are in the reporting business. They are both publishers of other people’s news, not generators of original news content. The Googles and Facebooks of the world would like us all to view them as a blessing to the world’s journalists. Their platforms connect an audience of millions with the news journalists write and record. But that vast audience is only one side of the coin. On the other side is a far more problematic dynamic — one that has had devastating impacts for real journalism in newsrooms across the country.
Journalists write the news but Google and Facebook profit. It’s time for that to change.
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