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Thread: Part of license fee should fund independent print investigative journalism

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    Politics.ie Member seabhcan's Avatar
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    Default Part of license fee should fund independent print investigative journalism

    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.

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    No.

    Just no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dresden8 View Post
    No.

    Just no.
    Why?

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    Good idea, but who would appoint the Laureate?
    The world is a very puzzling place. If you're not willing to be puzzled, you just become a replica of someone else's mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabhcan View Post
    Why?
    Quote Originally Posted by james5001 View Post
    Good idea, but who would appoint the Laureate?
    Who indeed?

    That's why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by james5001 View Post
    Good idea, but who would appoint the Laureate?
    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.

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    An office and some form of clerical support might be needed, but not a bad idea at all.
    "Don't need a whore, I don't need no booze, don't need a virgin priest."

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabhcan View Post
    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?!
    The world is a very puzzling place. If you're not willing to be puzzled, you just become a replica of someone else's mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astral Peaks View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astral Peaks View Post
    An office and some form of clerical support might be needed, but not a bad idea at all.
    That makes it an evil quango.

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