The Project for Excellence in Journalism has produced another extensive report on many aspects of the news media. The authors of the report have used extensive studies of media content and practices and surveys of the public to come to their conclusions.
They make five points about what is happening in the field and how journalism is currently practiced: journalism is moving toward a model that is “faster, looser and cheaper”; the fact that people prefer news that fits their partisan biases is “widely exaggerated”; journalists may have to widen the scope of their searchlight, making themselves more transparent and expert; some evidence exists that news organizations are investing in new audiences; the three major broadcast networks are facing a decisive moment in their history and reexamining their roles in the production of news.
The report includes a close analysis of each of the individual news industries: newspaper, magazine, television, radio and online. The authors of this study have done the field a great service, and the report meirts great attention. The State of the Media 2004 is also available for study, and in it the authors identified eight major trends in journalism. (Posted March 15, 2005)
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