Friday, May 13, 2005

The State of The News Media 2005

The state of American News Media

Presented by which is a combination of:

The Project for Excellence in Journalism is a research organization that is part of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. It is underwritten by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

The Committee of Concerned Journalists is a consortium of reporters, editors, producers, publishers, owners and academics from across media worried about the future of the profession. The group is dedicated to the idea that, in order for journalism to survive, journalists themselves must be clearer, more rigorous and more vocal about the principles that set their profession apart and make their jobs matter.

A rich source of data, critique and trends in journalism. The report is split into sections on nrewspapers, online, various kinds of tv, radio, magazines and alternative sources.
Some conclusions:

Journalism is a shrinking part of a growing world of media.

Today technology is transforming citizens from passive consumers of news produced by professionals into active participants who can
assemble their own journalism each day from disparate elements.

Since citizens have a deeper range of information at their fingertips, the level of proof in the press must rise accordingly.

There are now several models of journalism, and the trajectory increasingly is toward these which are faster, looser, and cheaper.

The challenge for traditional journalism is whether it can reassert its position as the provider of something distinctive and valuable - both for citizens and advertisers.
Somehow journalism needs to prove that it is acting on behalf of the public, if it is to save itself. The State of the News Media 2005


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