The Broken Estate

The Broken Estate

Journalism and Democracy in a Post-Truth World

A lack of knowledge about the world can be a very dangerous thing.

In the age of Trump, fake news and clickbait headlines, it is easy to despair about the future of journalism. The New Zealand and global media are in upheaval: the old economic models for print journalism are failing, public funding has been neglected for decades, and many major news organisations are shedding journalists.

New Zealander Mel Bunce researches and teaches journalism at the acclaimed Department of Journalism at City, University of London. Drawing upon the latest international research, Bunce provides a fresh analysis that goes beyond the usual anecdote and conjecture. Insightful and impassioned, this short book provides a much-needed assessment of the future for New Zealand journalism in a troubled world.

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Print publication:
Ebook publication: Sep 2019
Pages: 224
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9780947518356
DOI: 10.7810/9780947518356

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'The Government should step up to support struggling media companies', Mel Bunce, TVNZ, 5 April 2020.

'These are crisis times for NZ journalism in more ways than one', Mel Bunce, The Spinoff, 3 April 2020.

'Potential and pitfalls in replacing RNZ, TVNZ with new public media organisation', Mel Bunce, RNZ, 15 November 2019.

'Stark warning for future of NZ journalism', Q + A, TVNZ, 4 November 2019 (video, 7'22'').

'Pacific reporting among first casualties of struggling NZ media, says academic', Michael Andrew, Asia Pacific Report, 1 November 2019.

'It's no joke Winston Peters - why it's time to act fast to support media', Mel Bunce, New Zealand Herald, 29 October 2019.

'Why do we need journalism?', Mel Bunce, The Big Q, 9 October 2019 [book extract].

'Behind the bold headlines', Bruce Munro, Otago Daily Times, 7 October 2019.

'Media commentator Gavin Ellis', Nine to Noon, RNZ, 17 September 2019 (audio, 15'19'').

'Lately Book Club - Mel Bunce', Karyn Hay, Lately, RNZ, 11 September 2019 (audio, 12'20'').

'The Broken Estate: Why New Zealand is uniquely vulnerable to global journalism crisis', Finn Hogan, Newshub, 9 September 2019.

'Broken Estate: an expat expert surveys our media', Colin Peacock, Mediawatch, RNZ, 8 September 2019.

'A report from a broken estate', Mel Bunce, NewsroomPro, 5 September 2019 (paywall).

'Can Kiwis tell fact from fake news in the leadup to the 2020 elections?', Katie Kenny and Tommy Livingston, Stuff, 5 September 2019.