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Posted on 11/20/2009 8:34:09 AM PST by bs9021
Sarah Carlsruh, November 20, 2009
What do media have to do with Homeland Security? A November 13th forum at the Heritage Foundation addressed this issue, with panelists explaining how the media shapes American and global perceptions of domestic security issues.
CBS News Correspondent Kimberly Dozier illustrated the slow death of responsible journalism. Why are Americans inundated with a barrage of fluff stories rather than informed of the daily atrocities of war? The answer, explained Dozier, is that interest in foreign news has declined. Major news stations that realize the import of sustaining coverage of overseas wars have to figure out a way to cover it without breaking the bank, she said.
Rather than paying the obligatory high wages for experienced reporters, many bureaus are hiring youngsters to go out in the field. Dozier described a recent trend where experienced correspondents stay in D.C. and New York and rely on news from the younger people out in the field. She said media outlets are losing the experience on the ground, adding that inexperienced reporters are cheaper, true, but that a botched report resulting from inexperience can cause a loss of trust among readers and viewers.
The media are necessarily acclimating to the change in media venues by adapting to high volume viewership on blogs and online rather than television news. Panelist Matt Armstrong attributed a fragmentation of the perceptual sphere to this increasing breadth of available sources. Readers can get their news from any number of bloggers, newspapers, or television stations, all with a different prism through which they view current events. But when anyone with a computer and half a brain can be a reporter, Armstrong questioned who is the consumer and who is the producer of news....
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