Independent journalism under threat, not just in Russia

Good journalism means more than standing up to autocrats. It means not getting into bed with politicians of any kind, not even democratic ones – and not even those one agrees with. And certainly not those who fund the newspaper you write for. [...]

From Russia, with an agenda

Europe’s new cold war is different. The Russian state is still targeting Western politics, but it does so quite openly – and with much more conventional means. Like a new TV station. [...]

An awake press asking questions

To land a top job, having a stand-out CV helps. But that does not justify hallucinating your life’s achievements. Especially not if the media are doing their job. [...]

A nation talking to itself

Fringe media promote fringe views. And fringe views create fringe politicians. Thus, the polarisation will jump from the media into politics. But it does not have to happen this way. [...]

Suffocating media

Who will talk about the future of this country when the crisis is over? Which investigative reporters will uncover political scandals? Which commentators will offer new ideas to enlighten or enrage? [...]

Why the Old Continent still matters

It is a daring experiment for Newsroom to let me explore the state of Europe. And it is ray of hope in our media environment to dedicate more space to international affairs. [...]

Public broadcasting is poor economics

In a world of hundreds of TV channels, internet streaming services and encrypted broadcasting, why do we still have giant public broadcasters? This is the question that German economists Justus Haucap, Christiane Kehder and Ina Loebert ask in a new paper for the Berlin-based think tank Prometheus Institute. [...]

The Times, it is a changin’

The year 2000 was one of great optimism. Appropriately, it was also the beginning of an ambitious project: to launch a new business newspaper for Germany. Meant to be a local version of the distinguished Financial Times, the Financial Times Deutschland first hit newsagents’ shelves on February 21, 2000. [...]
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