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State of Journalism 2010

February 13, 2010

In today society, the explosion of high technology, everyone being connected, and the ability to share information quicker than ever before with World Wide Web, so one would think journalism would be at the top of the game.  But it’s not!

Many news organizations are closing its doors or laying off numerous amounts of reporters.  According to the Washington Post, in November 2009 they significantly closed domestic bureaus around the country.

McChesney, author of The Political Economy of Media:  Enduring Issues, Emerging Dilemmas,  thinks that we need to go back to old fashion journalism or the way journalism use to be.  But where has journalism changed?

First, let’s define journalism.  According to Wikipedia, journalism is the craft of conveying news, descriptive material and opinion via a widening spectrum of media. These include newspapers, magazines, radio and television, the internet and even, more recently, the mobile phone. Journalists—are the writers, editors or photographers; broadcast presenters or producers—serve as the chief purveyors of information and opinion in contemporary mass society.  So based on this definition we know journalism is conveying a message from a point of view.

Machesney believes that journalism is for the public and I agree.  However, what we must remember is journalism is a business and the ultimate goal of a business is to make money.  And at the end of the day, news organizations examine the ratings polling which stories were viewed.  Unfortunately, that is not always a good thing.  Because events or stories that are creditable and newsworthy either go unnoticed or unreported.  However, this has always been the case in journalism.  Just look at how long it took to report the horrific details of the slavery institution.

According to the Pew Research Center, the Press Accuracy Rating article stated,” The public’s assessment of the accuracy of news stories is now at its lowest level in more than two decades of Pew Research surveys, and Americans’ views of media bias and independence now match previous lows.  Just 29% of Americans say that news organizations generally get the facts straight, while 63% say that news stories are often inaccurate.”

The state of journalism, whether it is print or television news, has lost its creditability and trustworthiness over vast percentage of readers and viewers.  And this audience is either seeking information from the Internet, turn towards “zines” or become jaded and don’t even care.  According to the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, in the Key News Audiences Now Blend Online and Traditional Sources article, it defines the audience of people who gather information from the news and also, people who tend to receive their news from a nontraditional source, such as the Internet.  (Visit the site)

So the state of journalism is changing and a great cause of that is due to the World Wide Web.  Like I stated earlier, journalism is a business and thrives to generate money.  The problem the institution of journalism has with the Internet is they haven’t found a way to monetize themselves over the Web as much as they have with the traditional media.  So we will continue to see the battle of the state of journalism trying to strive.

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