"Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the public continues to want journalism, but they don't seem to want to pay journalists. These are some of the issues we tackle in this new Intelligent Dialogue."
For the "The Future of News," Porter Novelli polled experts, analyzed broadcast and online trend patterns and researched global data. Some key questions include:
1. What's the state of news today? What does the word "news" mean, and how is its definition changing?
2. As we witness a crisis in corporate news profit and sustainability, what's the new business model for news?
3. Where do targeted, customized 24/7 news feeds lead?
4. Are the lines between journalism, opinion and PR increasingly blurred by social media's influence on the news? What are the ethical boundaries of the new news and how do news consumers know what to believe?
5. How will technology shape the new news for the better - and how will technology threaten news?
Said Sandra Sokoloff, Porter Novelli senior vice president and director of national media relations, "This Intelligent Dialogue report explores that while the number of people who are accumulating and sharing news continues to grow, so to are the questions around what constitutes news worthy sources in the digital age. Will that greater level of proactive participation inspire people to hold news to a higher standard - or will it further obscure the importance of major media journalism?"
"The Future of News" also looks back at the rise and impact of the 24-hour news cycle. In our hyperconnected environment, with an emerging generation of digital natives equipped with highly mobile technologies, will there be greater accountability - or more specialization, fragmentation and trivialization of content? News has long been criticized for contributing to a global dumbing-down of communication. Will an army of citizen reporters, not bound by traditional journalistic ethical standards, serve as an antidote or an accelerant?
"Porter Novelli draws on both its history and its understanding of social media to arm clients with the insights they need," Stockman said. "Our Intelligent Dialogue series is where we reflect on the most pressing and influential issues of the day, and dissect how they are shaping our society and business. In 'The Future of News,' we not only look at the effect social media is having on journalism and the news industry, but also how social media reporting is redefining community activism and civic participation, self-expression and the identity of citizenship."