Why Didn't a Tech Journalist Break PRISM?
The tech story of 2013 – the PRISM revelations and their fallout – wasn't broken by technology journalists. Why was that? Are most tech reporters too wrapped up in simple tasks like rewriting press releases about new apps and reviewing the latest hit smartphone to bother investigating real scandals?
Do the economics of modern media mean that tech reporting has become far too light and frothy? We talk to a panel of journalists to find out.
All Things D's Kara Swisher has been reporting on technology since 1997 and has seen the way the Web has transformed journalism, Alexia Tsotsis is a 'digital native' journalist making waves at TechCrunch and Lyra McKee is an investigative reporter wondering why it's so hard to get commissions from technology publications.
Together with The Next Web's Martin Bryant as moderator, they'll explore whether today's tech journalism could do with a serious injection of depth.
- Why didn't a tech journalist break the PRISM story?
- In the current publishing climate, is there room for deep stories that can take weeks or months to prepare?
- Are tech news outlets too close to the companies they cover to be genuinely able to break the true scandals? Are reporters sometimes too involved in 'the scene' to report on it objectively? Does that matter?
- In an ideal world, what in-depth stories would tech news outlets be able to break?
- Is technology reporting in a healthy place right now? What is there too much of and too little of?
Martin Bryant The Next Web
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