Skip to comments.New Study Says New Media Not Very Original
Posted on 01/12/2010 7:26:31 AM PST by AIM Freeper
A new study by the Pew Research Centers Project for Excellence in Journalism says that when it comes to reporting new news, old media wins hands down over new media.
Where does the news come from in todays changing media?
Who really reports the news that most people get about their communities? What role do new media, blogs and specialty news sites now play?
How, in other words, does the modern news ecosystem of a large American city work? And if newspapers were to dieto the extent that we can infer from the current landscapewhat would that imply for what citizens would know and not know about where they live?
(Excerpt) Read more at aim.org ...
In our area of Maine the local web site beats the weekly newspaper hands down- and, it doesn’t promote itself as an “on-line news” site!
Of course they’re not original. The vast majority of news reports and stories are simple retreads ...
— When it rains, there are the inevitable “I’m standing in a puddle” reporter-on-the-street stories.
— When a Republican is in the White House, they re-hash the homeless stories.
— When its cold, there’s a sob-story here and there about abandoned cats, cold elderly people, and the homeless without blankets.
Its the same stories over-and-over again — they just go back to their file cabinet and pull the “when its raining”, “when its cold”, “when a Republican wins”, or “when a Democrat wins” files depending on the situation.
Translation: The Dinosaur media tells the new media, “You suck!”
It’s not so much the actual facts and content old media presents, it’s HOW they present it. Ideological bias blinds them, or worse, CORRUPTS them, in which stories they emphasize and which they bury, and the narratives and premises from which they report.
Of course, someone who goes into an office everyday and gets paid to use a pre-existing infrastructure, have a source list in their Blackberry, and pound out news of some sort on a daily basis is going to have more output of “original” journalism. The new media is simply augmenting, and in large part, correcting that body of work.
Years ago The Tribune company split off a division called tribune research, whose purpose was to produce in house polls for the paper. In the 90s the name of tribune research was changed to Pew research to blur the conection in the eyes of the public.
Up until about 2005, Pew research had a history page that gave vague information about its history.
But website scrubbed or not, Pew research is a leftist newspaper creation, and hardly in any position to so much as coment on the new media without needing to be upfront about the inherent conflict of interest it has in this matter.
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