Former Guardian Editor-in-Chief Alan Rusbridger offers a powerful and profound study of the news – how we read it, who controls it, why it matters, and why we need quality journalism more than ever before.
How do we know any more what is true and what isn’t? We are living through the greatest communication revolution since Gutenberg in which falsehood regularly seems to overwhelm truth. The growth of social media, and with it the ability of billions of people to publish, has created a vast amount of unreliable and false news which now competes with, and sometimes drowns, more established forms of journalism. The President of the United States regularly lies to the public and brands his critics ‘fake’. Politicians openly rubbish the views of ‘so-called experts’. Where can we look for reliable, verifiable sources of news and information? What does all this mean for democracy? And what does the future hold?
As the editor of the Guardian, Rusbridger oversaw some of the most groundbreaking news stories in recent history, including the Edward Snowden NSA revelations, phone hacking and Wikileaks. During his 20-year tenure, the paper also won a Pulitzer Prize. His new book, Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why it Matters Now, offers insights into the past, present and future of the press – as well as the forces threatening its freedom, from the phone-hacking scandal to Donald Trump.