Newspapers: FUBAR

Dateline: Fri 22 Mar 2013

From the Pew Research Center's annual report on the state of journalism:

"Signs of the shrinking reporting power are documented throughout this year’s report. Estimates for newspaper newsroom cutbacks in 2012 put the industry down 30% since its peak in 2000 and below 40,000 full-time professional employees for the first time since 1978. 

"This adds up to a news industry that is more undermanned and unprepared to uncover stories, dig deep into emerging ones or to question information put into its hands. And findings from our new public opinion survey released in this report reveal that the public is taking notice. Nearly one-third of the respondents (31%) have deserted a news outlet because it no longer provides the news and information they had grown accustomed to.:

http://stateofthemedia.org/2013/overview-5/

Not quite as formidable is an article from the Lifestyl editor at the Kokomo Tribune, one Lindsey Eckert, who laments that Indiana University's School of Journalism is being folded into the College of Arts and Sciences. The problem is that Ms. Eckert wrote such an emotional piece, apparently without research, that it drew a rebuttal from the provost she's criticizing, Lauren Robel. The final upshot, to me, is this quote from a woman who commented on Eckert's reporting:

"Journalism isn't dying, it's being diluted with biased reporting, unchecked facts and blogs boasting only of opinions.

http://kokomotribune.com/friday/x36434024/Save-IU-School-of-Journalism

Sad, sad, sad.

 

 

Comments

hendy [Member] said:

There are warrens of hope, somewhat offset by corporate and political dollars masquerading as unbiased journalism.

The IU J school merger banter has been huge and dysfunctional; IU isn't known for its cogent interdisciplinary strategies on the PR front. Nonetheless, it's a good idea.

Defining journalism to exclude organizational and personal bias is important. Influence peddling, that subtle form of bribery, is rampant today. People believe lots that they read, because it's not within the revealed context of the writer. That writer could be a corporate-paid croney, or someone with studious lack of bias. Tough to tell. What we need to do is to make people look at what they read with more depth, and skepticism. And the media needs to call out the bias we see every day.

That means you, any employee of News Corp.

2013-03-22 14:07:58

duke [unverified] said:

After 40 years of daily reading, I have finally cancelled my Indianapolis Star subscription. Although I identify as a slightly right of center Republican and am theoretically pro-development, I can no longer stand the Star's rah-rah support for the pay for play crowd. The final straw is the bandwagon (no pun intended) for mass transit. Although our bus service needs improvement, light rail is not the solution now or in the near future for our light density demographics. Maybe they could run the trains through that deep sewer tunnel we are already mortgaging our homes for.

2013-03-22 17:06:46

duke [unverified] said:

After 40 years of daily reading, I have finally cancelled my Indianapolis Star subscription. Although I identify as a slightly right of center Republican and am theoretically pro-development, I can no longer stand the Star's rah-rah support for the pay for play crowd. The final straw is the bandwagon (no pun intended) for mass transit. Although our bus service needs improvement, light rail is not the solution now or in the near future for our light density demographics. Maybe they could run the trains through that deep sewer tunnel we are already mortgaging our homes for.

2013-03-22 17:06:47

hendy [Member] said:

That high-cost sewer tunnel, along with billions in other costs, come because none of the former mayors had the guts to finance it. So, conveniently, the risk was shifted away to an unsteady non-profit utility to manage, and defer the political blame.

And I, too, stopped subscribing a long time ago. Then I moved. Bloomington has its own problems, not the least of which is a flat Democratic city council and gutless mayor.

Indy needs to evolve light rail, IMHO. Why? Gas isn't going to get cheaper, and public transportation benefits the middle class in a way that grows the area, economically. It's not just for poor people. It should be for everyone.

2013-03-22 18:16:45

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