Why we’ll always need news editors
The impending future of broadband television and news on demand there are some doom mongerers who are predicting a day when we can create our own news bulletins, tailored to our own interests.
Gone would be an evening news where an editor decides what news we see and in what order. Instead we choose our own news from a list. No need for an editor.
For some this is heaven. News fully democratised, power to the people and all that.
For me, it’s a frightening prospect.
Today for example, Sudan is the ‘most popular’ story in the news. Is it the story of the increased pressure from the international community on President Bashir to allow UN troops into the country? Is is the Human Rights Watch evidence that the government is bombing villages in Darfur?
No. The most popular story today? Sudan man forced to ‘marry’ goat.