The price of information
In another part of the play, the journalists struggle to find a new business model that will save the news industry. "Fake news" is one idea – running competitions in which readers and viewers have to guess whether news stories are true or false, to win a cash prize. A tax on information (like an all-media TV licence) is another idea.
An Army press officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Christoph von Löwenstern - freshly back from Afghanistan - is also part of the cast. He adds insights from the point of view of embedded reporters.
Löwenstern has told the ECPMF:
When we started work on the play, fake news was a new phenomenon. We were ahead of the wave - It's important to be always ahead of the wave."
He then laughed, because what he had just said was also one of his lines from the play – a quote from the Handbook of Crisis Communication. He portrays the conflict between journalists and press officers. The rest of the cast are also cold to the idea of PR.
"I was offered a well-paid job in public relations," says one cast member. "I considered it for a whole thirty seconds."
The exception is the senior reporter who is a mother and cannot cope with the 24/7 demands of working in a newsroom as well as looking after her family. A PR job would solve her problem.