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The “mainstream media” isn’t trusted—time to put the readers in charge

A new swathe of left-wing upstart titles have capitalised on distrust of "the MSM". But it's readers, not journalists, who can really make the difference

By Padraid Reidy  

There's some truth to the claims that the media is a chumocracy.

Earlier this year, I was a judge for the revived Private Eye Paul Foot Awards for campaigning journalism. It was an encouraging experience in an age when we are told that newspapers are in terminal decline: we received over 70 entries from national and local newspapers, the vast majority of which were genuinely excellent works of public interest journalism. The winner was a campaign on homelessness in east London by the extraordinary investigative reporter named Emma Youle.

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