Isaac Stone Fish and Tony Dokoupil in Newsweek propose an interesting outlook on the future of news. When private news organizations struggle for ad dollars, what’s to stop the Chinese government propaganda machine Xinhua from filling that void? While other news organizations are slashing their employment and overseas coverage, Xinhua is using its government’s deep pockets to increase staff and international coverage, including getting a big office in Times Square.
Even large corporate news outfits occasionally consider content from citizen journalists. How do you think Xinhua’s attitude would be?