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Part of license fee should fund independent print investigative journalism


seabhcan

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RTE is decrepit, the Irish print media have long become nonsensical bilge for packaging advertising - and the recent farce over the fee-for-link issue show that they operate on a defunct business model which cannot continue in the modern world.

But there is a great need for true journalism in this country.

The traditional model for a 'free press' actually just means an advertiser controlled font of misinformation and spin. Everywhere in the world this model is in decay.

There are some fine examples of true journalism in the online sphere. But they are underfunded and have no steady revenue source.

I suggest that part of the license fee (some of that small fraction left after Pat Kenny is kept from retirement) should be put into a fund to support true investigative journalism. Call it a 'Journalist Laureate' position.

Each year, the fund would award one journalist a paid three year position (so up to 3 would work concurrently). The award would be made to the person who showed the most outstanding contribution to investigative journalism in Ireland during the previous year. The Journalist Laureate would have the same protection from libel laws as a TD speaking in the Dail - but could be sacked for gross misconduct. Their output could be carried and reproduced copyright free. The aim would be to create a true 'fourth estate', independent from the government, the courts, or any other privileged group.
 

james5001

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Good idea, but who would appoint the Laureate?
 

Astral Peaks

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An office and some form of clerical support might be needed, but not a bad idea at all.
 

james5001

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Ultimately, a committee of past Laureates. But getting started would be hard. I would suggest initially inviting some noteworthy foreign journalists to join a few Irish journalists on a committee.
Who would invite them though?!
 

seabhcan

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An office and some form of clerical support might be needed, but not a bad idea at all.
Of course. The award should be enough to run a small office for the 3 years. The Laureate could pick his/her team, but would have to produce a certain minimum number of articles, etc. It would be like running a small journal.
 

storybud1

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RTE is decrepit, the Irish print media have long become nonsensical bilge for packaging advertising - and the recent farce over the fee-for-link issue show that they operate on a defunct business model which cannot continue in the modern world.

But there is a great need for true journalism in this country.

The traditional model for a 'free press' actually just means an advertiser controlled font of misinformation and spin. Everywhere in the world this model is in decay.

There are some fine examples of true journalism in the online sphere. But they are underfunded and have no steady revenue source.

I suggest that part of the license fee (some of that small fraction left after Pat Kenny is kept from retirement) should be put into a fund to support true investigative journalism. Call it a 'Journalist Laureate' position.

Each year, the fund would award one journalist a paid three year position (so up to 3 would work concurrently). The award would be made to the person who showed the most outstanding contribution to investigative journalism in Ireland during the previous year. The Journalist Laureate would have the same protection from libel laws as a TD speaking in the Dail - but could be sacked for gross misconduct. Their output could be carried and reproduced copyright free. The aim would be to create a true 'fourth estate', independent from the government, the courts, or any other privileged group.
I am in shock ? something you proposed is a good idea, (don't be slagging of Pat Kenny though, the Frontline Pres would not be holidaying in Lanzarote with his chum this week if not for the Labour plants in RTE)

Sabina stays at home as Michael D jets off to sun - National News - Independent.ie
 

Astral Peaks

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That makes it an evil quango.
No, it makes it a room, with a Web connection, a phone and a printer.
Plus a clerical assistant.
 

seabhcan

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Who would invite them though?!
I don't think that would be an insurmountable problem. Such things start with defining the membership requirements (years of experience, etc) and making a short list. The first year may not be perfect, but the system would gradually improve. With 10 years or so most of the committee would be made up of former laureates. You would probably always want to reserve a few seats for complete outsiders though.
 

44percent

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Ludicrous. License fee should be abolished to give some relief to ordinary people.
 

dresden8

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I don't think that would be an insurmountable problem. Such things start with defining the membership requirements (years of experience, etc) and making a short list. The first year may not be perfect, but the system would gradually improve. With 10 years or so most of the committee would be made up of former laureates. You would probably always want to reserve a few seats for complete outsiders though.
Harris is a front runner there so.
 

seabhcan

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Harris is a front runner there so.
What would you suggest the criteria should be? Perhaps the committee should be make up of only online journalists with no-advertiser 'free press' representatives. Or perhaps a full cross section of the industry.

I suspect the initial make up of the first selection committee would not be that critical though. It would be an experimental process - we would learn by trying, and could improve as we went.
 

storybud1

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I would exclude anyone already working for RTE. And, as it would be a 3 year contract post - those in comfortable RTE positions would hardly apply anyway.
Seabhcan, are you part of the group outside the terrible four (Gilmore,Rabbite,Quinn,Burton) is there possibly a real grass-roots plan to take back the Liberal, sorry, Labour Party ? to where it should be!

I hope you are following the money / pensions and looking at performance as the terrible four are just not performing in any stretch of the imagination. There is a big gap ready to be filled for working people who are fed up with the banks/professions/spinners.
 
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