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Palgrave Macmillan

Trust Ownership and the Future of News

Media Moguls and White Knights

ISBN 9781137369437
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Trust Ownership and the Future of News makes the case for an alternative structure that can sustain the forms of journalism necessary in a free, functioning democracy and which engender public confidence in the news media.
This ground-breaking study examines the past and present use of trustee governance by newspapers, public service broadcasters and news agencies in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Canada, South Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand. Its case studies of the Guardian, Irish Times and Tampa Bay Times – plus examination of the family trusts behind the Daily Mail, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post – detail the principles, practices and lessons of trustee ownership that can be applied by the digital 'new media' generation entrusted with the future of news.

Gavin Ellis is a lecturer, media consultant and researcher. A former editor-in-chief of the New Zealand Herald, his career in journalism and media management spans almost half a century. He holds a PhD in political studies from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he has also lectured on the news media and on propaganda.

1. Why We Need Public Interest Journalism
2. Journalism's Crisis
3. Media Under Scrutiny
4. Genesis of Media Trusts
5. Keeping it in the Family
6. The Trinity – Origins and Growth
7. Modern White Knights
8. The Electronic Age
9. Conclusions – Possibilities and Realities
Endnotes
Bibliography
Appendices
Appendix A: Tables and Graphs
Appendix B: Poynter Principles
Appendix C: Government-mandated Governance in PSBs
Appendix D: Charter of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (extract)
Appendix E: Three-dimensional Media Performance Matrix

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"This book contains a very useful and timely overview of the various crises that have shaped journalism over the years and an excellent reminder of the investigations that have been carried out into journalism's structure and purpose (and which seem destined to be repeated again and again)." - Des Freedman, Professor Media and Communication Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
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