While journalistic theories of news production advocate a free nation’s right to free press, the prevailing trends in the media industries today seem to point towards the suppression of such basic right. Major Arguments: • The convergence of formerly separate and distinct media companies and their respective technologies is one of the major developments in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector of Canada.
• The competitive advantage afforded by the scope of the channel distribution and the established marketing network of the conglomerates will keep them ahead of the smaller companies in the exhilarating and fast-paced media industries. • As the ones with big names, these giants could not care less for the content and substance of their media products and services. • All these tactics that border on monopolistic schemes were allowed by the national government of Canada.
There hitherto are no rules against the entry of companies in as many broadcasting undertakings as they see fit. • Owners of media companies seemed to have acquired license; they aired out biased views and penned one-sided lines for media packages that were generally assumed by the public to be objective and relevant. They engaged in all these unprofessional media practices, and their constitutional rights have allowed them to get away with it.
• To adapt to the distorted media practices upheld by the powerful conglomerates, writers of newspaper articles have learned to stay away from issues and topics that would not win the prejudiced owners’ approval. Their independence and professionalism as writers have been compromised. • Unsurprisingly, there have been complaints voiced by readers regarding the inadequacy of the news materials that were made available for public consumption.
Their rights to know the truth and to see the freedom of the press exercised have been compromised, as well. • The social responsibility theory upholds the duty of the big conglomerates to ensure the protection of the professional independence of the writers. Even if they are subject to the rules in place in the organizational structure that they are part of, the writers are to be given autonomy and the authority to decide on the topics they want to cover and on the sides they choose to take.
Essay Topic: How does media convergence and ownership concentration in Canada demonstrate a growing rift between market and journalistic theories of news production? The media industries of Canada are currently charting courses that go against the fundamental beliefs that have served to propel their growth and expansion during the past decades. While journalistic theories of news production advocate a free nation’s right to free press, the prevailing trends in the media industries today seem to point towards the suppression of such basic right.