Adam Freeman, executive director of commercial at Guardian News & Media, told a conference in Oxford that the loss-making newspaper was moving towards an “open vision for journalism”, whereby laypeople, who may not have any formal expertise, will be allowed key to the media group’s future.
Asked, whether the Guardian has a sustainable business as a digital only publication, he said: “That’s our mission, absolutely.”
“[It] is a collaboration between journalists within the building and experts out of the building … who are experts because they care about the subject matter as much as we do. They don’t have to be called professor,” he said.
Mr Freeman also intimated that the newspaper is working towards shutting its print edition down altogether.
Let me explain what this means.
1. Employed journalists will be sacked and replaced with “intern” like casual and scab labour.
2. Having turned its Comment Is Free venture into a sort of Indymediaish bearpit, where members of marginal far Left political organisations, activists in Islamist political parties and assorted loopy advocacy journalists and single issue campaigners peddle their worthless ideas, for the benefit of enraged commentators who repeatedly press “refresh” in order to see what new idiocy has been posted, thus generating a high web traffic which can be used to boost advertising revenue …
… the Guardian is now planning to extend the same business model to its news reporting.
A sad end for the Guardian.