Throughout history several breaking points connected to technological innovation and new demands of competency, led to similar alterations in the news business. What role has the copy desk played in these central periods of change, and what has been the function of the copy desk when it comes to the newsrooms’ general ability to change and innovate, and secure freedom of speech in general? Will this historical knowledge of the role of the copy desk enable media organizations to better deal with future demands for change and innovation?
Discuss the following statements:
- Knowledge about the past is useful and important in today’s newsrooms
- Knowledge about the past is necessary to deal with contemporary and future challenges
- The role of the copy desk is still essential
- The future is desk-less
- The copy desk: an assurance of quality in Norwegian newsrooms or an agent of commercialism?