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Politicians must agree on support for journalism

Wednesday, 8th August, 2018 10:44am
Politicians must agree on support for journalism

David Burke, Tuam Herald, Stephanie Costello, DIT, Lois Kapila, Dublin Inquirer, David Lynch, Dundalk Democrat.

Politicians must agree on support for journalism

David Burke, Tuam Herald, Stephanie Costello, DIT, Lois Kapila, Dublin Inquirer, David Lynch, Dundalk Democrat.

LOCAL Ireland, the representative association for local newspapers in Ireland, has welcomed last week’s publication of Fianna Fáil’s policy document ‘Newspaper Publishing – A Policy to Sustain High Quality Journalism in Irish Public Life’.

Frank Mulrennan, President Local Ireland, stated “The policy document represents a welcome step forward in developing an effective national policy response to support independent journalism in this country.  As ‘fake news’ has emerged as a national and international challenge, we welcome the document’s acknowledgement of the critical role of newspapers in the democratic life of the country. The document shows a clear understanding of the stark challenges faced by the sector.

David Burke, Editor of The Tuam Herald, stressed the importance of local newspapers in giving communities a broad picture of themselves and their neighbours at a seminar in Dun Laoghaire on Bank Holiday Saturday.

He said that social media, while it definitely has its uses, tends to give users a tunnel vision of their world, because the algorithms that govern news feeds tailor content to what they calculate users want.

Scanning a newspaper, national or local, gives a much wider view of the world we live in.

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