Journalism Futures

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Article finds time-starved 12-17 year olds getting their news from the web, not newspapers

The British-based Editor's Weblog site summarizes the latest research published last week by the Pew Internet and American life survey. It found 87 percent of American teens, aged 12-17, are Internet users and 76% of those go online to get news or information about current events, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. SEE LINK BELOW.

Supersizing profits, squeezing the news

In his Reflections of a Newsosaur weblog, Alan Mutter writes about newspapers' increased profits at the expense of reporting good news. Mutter says, "At a time when the dominant media companies should be strengthening their enviable franchises, they instead are pillaging them for profits. At the very moment media companies should be investing aggressively in new media, they instead are short-changing the initiatives most likely to produce significant, long-term growth."

Saving journalism: How to nurse the good stuff until It pays

In the Columbia Journalism Review, Philip Meyer writes about the replacement of journalism with PR, advertising, and entertainment, arguing that, "the only way to save journalism is to develop a new model that finds profit in truth, vigilance, and social responsibility," and offering ways to recussitate journalism. [Visit Website]

Ted Turner: How government shuts out upstarts and supports "big media"

Ted Turner is often cited as one of the most successful media entrepreneurs of his generation. He took a nearly defunct UHF television station in Atlanta and turned it into a media empire lead by Cable News Network. In recent years, Turner has been outspoken about how difficult innovation appears in the current media environment. Read his thoughts in the July/August 2004 edition of The Washington Monthly, at the magazine's website.

Editor says journalism is about right, wrong and change

Greg Moore is editor of the Denver Post. On Dec. 4, 2003, he delivered the inaugural Robert McGruder Lecture at Kent State University, in Ohio. "I was attracted to this business because I thought I could help make society better by writing about poverty and issues of injustice," he said. "To me journalism has never been an issue of left or right. It has always been about right and wrong. It has always been about being a constructive force for change."

From 1999 -- nine problems with journalism -- and solutions

In 1999, Robert J. Haiman, the president emeritus of the Poynter Institute, spoke in Hong Kong on the nine reasons for decline in the quality of journalism -- and suggested solutions to each. He identified them as ownership conglomeration, explosion of outlets, outrageous practices, bad driving out good, fiction/non-fiction blurring, entertainment-news mixing, predictive reporting, journalist aloofness and dimished commitment.
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