Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Ombudsman?
In my other duties as executive director of the Organization of News Ombudsmen, I continue to pound the bully pulpit for media accountability and transparency.
The message continues to be heard outside of North America, where self-regulatory journalism and ombudsmanship are valued. It's a harder sell in the US and Canada where the news business has looked for places to cut costs and ombudsmen seem to be prime candidates.
My recent article about why ombudsmen are more essential than ever, has been posted on on J-Source, and seems to have found a sympathetic hearing from a number of other news organizations.
The Knight Foundation will be releasing a report on "Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age." The report will also mention the need for accountability especially in the blogosphere.
A sign of better days to come? One can only hope.