It’s inauguration day in the U.S. and it seems fitting to start this blog with a post with a short reflection on what is going on south of the Canadian border. Why? Because the day in which Donald Trump becomes the 45th president of the most powerful democracy in the world will be marked as the day in which a new era in journalism began. I don’t only think that; I hope it is true.
The media industry has undergone massive changes in the past two decades or so, mostly driven by technological change coupled with the economic pressures brought forth by globalization and media mergers. (I’m over simplifying here). Such transformations have had an effect in the relationship between the media and democracy. In the case of the U.S., the lead up to the 2016 election and the vote itself exposed a major crisis in American journalism. Mainly, it exposed the media’s dwindling influence in society. Most importantly, it revealed that a majority of the population hold a deep feeling of distrust against the “mainstream media.”
Immediately after the vote, major media organizations called for pause, self-reflection, and even to accept responsibility for their part in Mr. Trump’s election. Several organizations are joining forces to discuss how they will report on the Trump presidency.
Say what you may, American journalism and American media influence the way journalism is practiced around the world. And in my view, American media is about to to change dramatically, leading the world towards a new journalism era. I, for one, will be closely watching.