Here are highlights from the State of the News Media report by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism:
Sure, we still need journalism. | News organizations still produce most of the content that people read, see and hear.
We just don’t need so many newspaper reporters. | Newspaper newsrooms are about a third smaller than they were a decade ago. For the first time, more people are getting their news from the web than from newspapers.
Still back to you, Walter. | Television remains the primary source of news among grown-ups.
The new mainstream media was born with a dot com. | Newspaper shrinkage has been offset by new hires at online news organizations like Yahoo, AOL and the iPad “The Daily.”
The machine is the message. | With consumers deciding where and how they want to get news, the real power has shifted to the geeks who develop the devices and software.
Which is why I will be adding a thermometer doo-hickey to my blog. | Almost half of all Americans use a mobile device to get local news, mostly about the weather.
A mile wide and an inch deep. | Why does the journalism world miss so many important stories? Fewer reporters with not enough training and too much to do, obsession with speed, lower pay and hoards of people creating compelling content for free. That’s not even including the singing kitten videos.
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