“The World Of Journalism Is Broken” Says Press Ombudsman Peter Feeney

  • Declining circulation & advertising have hit print journalism
  • Online news sources growing in influence, but print journalism still provides greater depth of coverage
  • Ombudsman acknowledges failure of Irish Press Council to adequately encompass online journalism


Peter Feeney, who has been Press Ombudsman since September 2014, made the remarks in a talk given to students at Rathmines College of Further Education¬†yesterday. Mr. Feeney said that the “business model” of journalism has radically altered in recent years, with more and more people relying on online sources for news. However, he pointed out the difference between the way people use online and traditional printed news sources. People tend to turn to online sources for a “quick read” of the latest updates, whereas print news sources, he maintained, provide more space, depth of coverage and background coverage of news. Continue reading