The future of news – The Agenda with Stephen Cole

Getting the facts and the truth has never been more important. America is approaching one of its most important elections ever; Europe is drawing up a post-Brexit life; protests over racial division and lockdowns continue as people clock-watch until the arrival of an efficient and safe COVID-19 vaccine. 

Meanwhile, the news industry is facing immense pressure and fighting its own financial battles. What will our news look like in the future? What do people expect from the press? And who should fund the quality journalism which feeds a news-hungry public?

The Agenda's Stephen Cole speaks to David Boardman, former Editor of The Seattle Times and Dean of Temple University in Philadelphia who says the challenges facing local journalism in America is "the true crisis of democracy".

How should the next generation of newsrooms operate? To discuss trust, the battle of the bots and 'platform paradox', Stephen Cole is joined by Professor Richard Sambrook, Former BBC Executive and Director of the Centre for Journalism at Cardiff University who explains why future journalists must become "information professionals".

Alongside him is Professor Lucy Kueng, strategic advisor and digital disruption expert who says news outlets must ensure they remain present on future platforms because they are "the bridges to the next generation". 

Closing the show is the man who believes that news consumption is "a disease for the brain". Rolf Dobelli, founder of WORLD.MINDS, author of books including 'Stop Reading the News' and million-copy best-selling 'The Art of Thinking Clearly,' explains why he's been avoiding news for a decade.