Some words on journalism

For the most part, we post stories from Fellows here. But, since IJNR is an organization that's concerned with the future of journalism, every now and then we like to share some of the recent news about the news... here on The Nooze. What do you think about the future of journalism?  Is the public becoming better- or worse-educated about important issues, as their access to new media outlets increases, and newspaper circulation decreases? I heard a statistic last night on NPR that said, in reference to a survey done a few years ago, that the more a person watched the news, the less they understood about the war in Iraq. Another study (See Newmark, below) found that only 6% of people cared if their news source was the first to report a story, whereas 49% valued trustworthiness most highly. How can these statistics shape the way we tackle research, story development, and news delivery?

At any rate, here are a few recent "journalism" stories that may interest readers.

In The Atlantic: 'State of the WaPo' Watch: Two articles worth reading

On NPR: With sale, Philadelphia reporters fear loss of integrity

From mediabistro: 30 clients using computer-generated stories instead of writers (Computer-generated stories? Ack!)

From PBS.org: Why journalism teachers should give format-agnostic assignments

From Great Lakes Eco, an editor's take on the tricky business of balancing the "sexy" environmental stories with all the rest of the news: Of Asian carp, water privatization, and media metrics... What's an editor to do?

From Poynter.org: Newmark study finds newspapers most trusted news source (The irony here, of course, is that Craig Newmark is the founder of Craigslist, arguably one of the leading causes of the decline of America's newspapers)

This one is less journalism-related and more cool-opportunity-related, but still worth posting. From Treehugger: Grab your cameras! New graduate program in conservation photography