Five Myths about the Future of Journalism
As media organizations plot their future, it’s worth discarding some misconceptions about what it will take to keep the press from becoming yesterday’s news. Here, in an aricle prepared for the Washington Post, are five frequent, if faulty, allegations:
Blogs Stray from Big Media Stories
Bloggers conversed about an eclectic mix of topics last week that were far from headline news on front pages or cable talk shows.
Media Interest in Libya, Japan Begins to Wane
The Middle East and Japan remained at the top of the media’s agenda, but both stories have seen coverage fall as time has passed as interest in the economy resurges.
Blogs Remember Elizabeth Taylor
Taylor’s death received more coverage on blogs than any other celebrity passing, including pop icon Michael Jackson, since PEJ began monitoring blog content. On Twitter, the top subject was phone giant AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile.
Media Focus Remains Overseas
The entry of the U.S. and NATO military forces into the Libyan conflict made it the No.1 story, surpassing the crisis in Japan. Altogether, 43% of overall news coverage this year has been devoted to international events — nearly double the normal level.
Japan Crisis Overtakes Social Media
The aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake in Japan was the No. 1 topic on blogs, Twitter and YouTube.
Crisis Coverage: From Japan to Libya
As intense media focus quickly shifted from Japan to Libya late last week, it marked the seventh of the last eight weeks that overseas stories have led the mainstream news agenda.
Twitter Responds to Japan’s Disaster
The response to the earthquake illustrated the different ways in which Twitter functions as a social media tool. Initially, the site served as a way to get breaking information from a variety of official and unofficial sources, including eyewitness accounts. It also acted as an electronic bulletin board. And once the scope of the catastrophe became apparent, Twitter became a place to raise funds for the recovery effort and express concern for the victims.
A Dramatic Week Ends in Disaster
The devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan late in the week overwhelmed earlier coverage of the Libyan civil war, passage of anti-collective bargaining legislation in Wisconsin and hearings on radical Islam.
State of the News Media 2011
By several measures, the state of the American news media improved in 2010. After two dreadful years, most sectors of the industry saw revenue begin to recover. The biggest issue ahead, however, may not be lack of audience or even lack of new revenue experiments. It may be that in the digital realm the news industry is no longer in control of its own future.