News Media in Crisis: A Question of Trust

April's Program

This meeting will take place one week earlier than usual due to Songkhran.

The print media were slow to respond to the digital media onslaught. The response was hampered by ignorance, complacency, uncertainty and errors of judgment. But newspapers in many countries were losing the battle before it even began because they had lost the trust of their readers. The fallout from the phone-hacking scandal in Britain is the most spectacular example of the media's abuse of trust but people in the UK, Australia and America had been losing faith in newspapers for years before that. Many newspapers were shedding readers so steadily that when the digital battle was joined they no longer had the sales base to fight back to try to maintain their share of advertising sales. But the advertising dollars once shared by a finite number of newspapers are now spread out over an almost infinite number of digital sites and this means very few are making big money.

This, in turn, raises the question: who is going to pay for the news?

Date
Friday April 5, 2013
Time
6:15 PM
Where
Royal Phuket Marina
David Armstrong

David Armstrong

David Armstrong came to Thailand in 2005 to run Post Publishing (the Bangkok Post company) - and stayed. He finished working there in 2011 and in 2012 resigned from his last media position, chairman of the Phnom Penh Post company, ending a journalistic career that spanned more than 40 years.

David started as a junior reporter on The Australian in 1969 and his career included working as editor or editor-in-chief of The Australian, The Bulletin, The Canberra Times and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.

He was widowed in 2001 but last year married Nichapa Mahuemuang, an accountant originally from Kamphaeng Phet. He is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and is now a conjoint professor at that university's Journalism and Media Research Centre.

In 2003, David was awarded the Australian Government's Centenary Medal, for services to newspapers and journalism. He is a former director of the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce and last year received the chamber's President's Award.

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