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Journo episode 6: Steve Coll on journalism in this disrupted world

Steve Coll is a giant of journalism. He is a former foreign correspondent, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and reporter, a former managing editor of the Washington Post, a staff writer for the New Yorker, outgoing dean of the Columbia School of Journalism, and a member of JNI’s International Advisory Council.

In the latest episode of JournoSteve Coll and Nick Bryant reflect on the immense changes that have shaped the news industry over the past 25 years.

From inside the Washington Post on the day the Drudge Report cracked open the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal, through the digital disruption of recent decades, Coll unpacks how the business of journalism has undergone a transformation over his working life.

He talks partisanship and false equivalence (“both sides journalism”), the dominance of Facebook and Google, and whether the media is responsible for the election of Donald Trump.

Bryant asks Coll about his hopes for the latest generation of journalists, the missteps the industry has made in the past, and dissects how the world’s best journalists can continue to report in unstable times.

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Journo explores the issues, opportunities and challenges facing journalists and shaping the media industry.

Episode 5: Live from your living room — reporting from the frontlines of the pandemic

Covid-19 has changed the way we live but also the way we cover news. For journalists, it’s meant living with the possibility of getting the virus and passing it on to their families.

It has thrown science and health journalism into the spotlight, showing how critical and well-researched that reporting must be when the science itself is changing.

It has challenged political reporters to try and do their jobs while being scrutinised by a tribal and sometimes vitriolic audience.

In the latest episode of Journo Nick Bryant examines the ways the pandemic has affected journalism.

Episode 4: The Troublemaker and the Terrier

In episode 4, Nick meets the Troublemaker and the Terrier.

One’s a former lawyer whose fierce reporting has been stifled by a local council that says she asks too many questions.

The other wonders how she’ll keep her one-woman operation going in the face of mounting overheads and increased regulation.

Episode 3: Who’s really listening — Reporting when your phone is the enemy

In this episode, Nick investigates the technology being used to monitor and intimidate those holding power to account — and finds a coalition of allies who’ve banded together to resist the digital incursion.

Episode 2: WeCensor — Getting news into and out of China

In the second episode, Nick  investigates how journalists can get accurate information to Australia’s Chinese diaspora, and whether it’s possible for foreign news organisations to get authentic coverage out of China without boots on the ground.

Episode 1: Journalists will be free to report — and other lies the Taliban tells

In this first episode of Journo, host Nick Bryant investigates the exodus of Afghan media, and the powerful spin from Taliban HQ that helped them claim the country.