Question three respected Australian journalists about the future of Australian media and you’d be surprised how similar their views are.
IABC Canberra recently hosted a discussion with News Limited’s Malcolm Farr, Karen Middleton from SBS and ABC Political Editor Greg Jennet. The three Canberra Press Gallery veterans shared predictions about the media in the next five years, with communicators at the National Press Club.
The media landscape may be changing but all agreed newspapers will remain important and be influencing opinion well into the medium term. Viewers will have less appetite for traditionally scheduled news bulletins and will press TV networks to deliver a great variety of news formats via their digital channels. And new technologies will allow Australians to self select information and build their own news pipelines.
Which means fresh challenges for PR professionals. How do we reach our audiences when the media landscape is so fragmented and how do we judge success?
Farr, Middleton and Jennet were unanimous that tomorrow’s reporters may use different technologies, yet their journalistic instinct to seek out information and hold institutions accountable will be as strong as ever.