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Prospect’s new issue: debating the coming age of news

By Tom Chatfield  

158_cover_smallFalling sales and profits throughout the mainstream media seem to be sounding a death knoll for an entire medium and set of attitudes. It seems clear that serious news reporting as the 20th century knew it—expert, measured, investigative and able to hold figures in the public eye to account—is in a profound crisis, with every month bringing fresh redundancies and collapses in the local and national print media. But, against many commentators’ dire predictions, could a renaissance of the best values of such reporting in fact be occurring already online?

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