The world needs a ‘good’ news media to explain the conflicts, threats and opportunities that globalisation offers. And yet quality journalism and international coverage is under threat from new media and commercial pressures. Charlie Beckett spent 20 years working around the world for news organisations such as the BBC and Channel 4 News before founding the LSE’s media think-tank POLIS, of which he is now a Director, in 2006. In his new book, he argues that Networked Journalism, combining ‘professional’ journalism with public participation (blogging, wikis, crowd-sourcing, user generated content and the rest), can sustain the media business and offer huge social benefits. Is this another Internet fantasy, or the gateway to a new form of politics?