A provocative, timely account of the changing face of jounalism from a pioneer of the new-media revolution.
For a long time, media organisations have controlled the news, treating their audiences as products for advertisers. Yet as journalism has moved online and behind paywalls, the public is demanding more say in how the news is created. They are using blogs, Twitter, and Facebook to share stories, and selecting their sources to create their own 'front page'.
In this lively, biting critique, media commentator Tim Dunlop explores the rise of the audience, and how unprepared the mainstream media has been for this changing balance of power. Drawing on his experiences as prominent political blogger, he argues that the future of meaningful journalism - the sort we need in order to be informed citizens - will increasingly rely on journalists and editors taking the audience into their confidence and working with them, rather than against them.
The New Front Page is a passionate plea on behalf of those tired of being talked down to by the fourth estate. Perceptive and illuminating, it asks audiences and media to work together to hold the powerful to account, and to produce the sort of news and analysis that enriches public debate.
About the Author
Tim Dunlop was a pioneer of political blogging in Australia. He ran the internationally successful independent blog The Road to Surfdom and was the first Australian blogger to be hired by a mainstream media organisation (News Limited, for which he wrote the political blog Blogocracy). He has a PhD in communication and political philosophy, teaches at Melbourne University, and writes regularly for a number of publications, including The Drum. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and son, and tweets at @timdunlop.
Tim Dunlop writes perceptively on the Australian blogging landscape as one who was there at the beginning and who has also been both inside and outside the MSM walls. His experience and knowledge provides a much needed history of Australia’s blogs that also reveals how blogging was regarded by the major media networks. He also looks ahead to where the future lies for a media that needs more than ever to engage with an audience while also continuing to play its vital role of holding governments to account. Dunlop’s account is deeply researched and written in an easy and engaging style that suggests he wants this book to be the start of a conversation – and it is a conversation those interested in the media will want to have.’
GREG JERICHO, BLOGGER AND AUTHOR OF RISE OF THE FIFTH ESTATE
‘A fascinating book. Tim Dunlop is a pioneer of blogging in Australia, and he weaves his personal adventures with substantial research to explain the ride we’re all on – a news media revolution and the increasingly antsy 'audience’ demanding to be involved and engaged. Dunlop writes with humor, passion and insight about the potential – and the pitfalls – of the digital age of news.' GAY ALCORN
‘A fascinating and engagingly written account of how digital technology has changed Australian media forever’ KATHARINE VINER, EDITOR, GUARDIAN AUSTRALIA
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 21st August 2013
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.57 x 13.7 x 2.29
Weight (kg): 20.8
Edition Number: 1