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Old News and New Projects

17/09/2012

Newspapers are having a hard time, I don’t think anyone could doubt that. When it comes to news people have long turned towards the internet or turned away completely. We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with information, it can be easy to switch off.

This has left many newspapers with a massive problem. How are they supposed to sell something that is free online? The answer is the quality of the content. That is easy for broadsheets, but for tabloids, how is this achieved. Through any means possible seems to be the answer arrived at by many recently. The victims of this have been very real and very human.

No sooner than the journalists of Britain had been awash with the inquiry into the phone hacking scandal then had the British royal family been the subjects of numerous attempts to not just breach their privacy but also the sanctity of their most private lives.

Whether this is a group of girls entrapping someone or someone stalking a young woman and taking pictures of her relaxing from a mile away, I think it is easy to denounce it. However, that does not make it any less important to. There is no ambiguity in the line between journalism and attacking the very fibres of a person’s life, their most fundamental rights ignored by a group of people whose ship is sinking and needs the buoyancy of floundering celebrities and those who were born into positions of jealousy, stalking and isolation.

When we look at stories like this it is easy to only see part of it, to fail to connect the dots, not just as readers, but also as writers. You might just see the pictures and forget the stalking, or the phone hacking. We are awash with information, and it is easy to shut off to all, or even just some of it.

We at DFTBANews want to stop this, so soon we are hoping to create a way of telling news that allows you to know everything (yes, you can use it to chat someone up, though I advise sticking away from the story mentioned above, my cheek still hurts,) with minimal effort. To do this though we need help, this will be a new project for us, and we want new people. I am excited by the projects that are forming in the back studios (I swear, they are totally real in my head) of DFTBANews, and I really believe that they represent solutions to problems that news has always faced. And we promise that no matter what, we will never defile someone’s privacy, not even for a multi-million dollar name.

If you are interested, email us at dftbanews(at)gmail.com

Thanks,

~Sean

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