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Ricardo Mendes

@Joao_Bx I think there is various reasons why this is happening. 1) there is a huge lack of journalists with the skills to dominate social media & use them to reinforce their news paper, instead of feeling threatened by it. 2) there is tons of Belgian journalists on Twitter, but there is also key journalists completely absent of the network.
3) the structure of the Belgian information system : Belga is the main source 90% of the time. It's like the AFP for Belgian press. At least in the French side, at least 4 of 5 papers limit themselves to copying Belga newswire items and republish them without investigation work. This makes a uniformity between these 4 of 5 papers & with time changed the landscape of the information space in Belgium : if Belga don't know about it, the others won't know neither and won't publish anything. Once Belga is briefed than all the papers will jump on the story.
4) the financial crisis hit a Belgian information landscape already back in 2011 ,combined with layoffs, you have a crisis of content, papers will use young social savy interns quick to create buzz like articles but unable to work on long form articles & actually help society shape it's perception of what is happening. The result is a long tradition of press excellence is gone replaced by cheap interns that will never do the work with the same quality. The crisis in the information landscape is not just on papers, it's also on TV, both are disrupted by digital & social networking in general.
5) there is a huge concentration, almost a monopoly in Belgium about who owns the press, it's all mostly concentrated in the hands of few people/company and its not helping the sector being competitive & healthy and ultimately it's bad for democracy.

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