The ‘continued erosion’ in news media

March 20, 2013

By Katy Grimes


Is it any surprise that sports, weather and traffic now account for 40 percent of the content on television newscasts? “In 2012, a continued erosion of news reporting resources converged with growing opportunities for those in politics, government agencies, companies and others to take their messages directly to the public,” reports a new study from the Pew Research Center’s project for excellence in journalism.

Most interesting however, is who is leaving news outlets: “People who said they had forsaken a news outlet were more likely to be men than women, older than younger, richer than poorer and Republican or independent rather than Democratic. While about one-third of Republicans and independents stopped turning to a news outlet, just one-quarter of Democrats did,” the report found.

“The primary concern for people who gave up on an outlet seems to be quality,” the report found.

Surprise, surprise.

“When asked which they noticed more, fewer stories or less complete stories, far more people said the latter (24 percent to 61 percent). While reduced thoroughness in stories was the more prevalent response among adults overall who were aware of the struggles, the split was not nearly as wide – 48 percent versus 31 percent.”

The report found that thoroughness in the stories was the biggest problem. People want complete stories and are fed up with media not asking questions.” 61 percent of them said stories were less complete than they had been versus just 24 percent who complained there were too few stories,” the study found.

This is what I rail on constantly. Too many members of the dwindling media are skilled stenographers, and don’t bother to ask “who, what, when, where, why, and how?” The questions not asked are apparently what has so many Americans leaving news broadcasts in search of thorough content.

Take a look at the report – share your thoughts.

The State of the News Media 2013


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  1. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 21 March, 2013, 09:05

    Happen to agree with much of the Pew Study.

    The downward spiral of the newspaper industry and the growing push by advertisers to get larger audiences by providing more entertainment and less news are to blame for a lot of this.

    But another problem is the unwillingness of people to hear both sides of the story. Too many Americans bury themselves in Fox News or MSNBC or listen solely to people like Rush Limbaugh for their “news.” They are encouraged to believe that anything not emphasized on these outlets is left-wing or right-wing propaganda.

    Your recent headline: “Bay Area Newspaper Group goes trolling for outrage” is a perfect example of that.

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  2. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 22 March, 2013, 09:02

    Sorry Steve – CalWatchdog is reporting on many of the issues other news outlets and reporters will not. Chris Reed was spot on in that story. When the reporters make and become the news, it isn’t news and it definitely isn’t reporting.


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