John Menadue went along to the New News conference in Melbourne last week, to discuss the opportunities of the digital revolution for supporting a healthier public debate.
John Menadue reminded those attending that while Web 2.0 may be exciting, content remains the critical issue. And we have still some way to go in working out how to resource and support those content-makers (this is an issue beyond journalism) who have the will and the skills to provide some much-needed scrutiny and analysis of the health sector and health spending and policy more broadly.
Menadue also made a number of suggestions for how some of society’s powerful institutions (not only the media) could help contribute to a more informed understanding of complex health issues.
Read John’s insights in Croakey into what is ailing the media. He also offers up his ideas for how we may combat the poor journalism many are resigned to expect from the mainstream media, and how we instead build public interest journalism.