Positive and Negative Trends in Journalism Since 2007

In Com 315 (Storytelling II), students read “The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect” by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel. The book is still quite relevant, addressing the massive changes in the news business due to the digital revolution. But the last edition was published in 2007 before several big events hit:

Negative trends since 2007:

  • Major recession if not a Great Depression in the news business, leading to big decline in advertising revenue, continued sharp decline in paid subscriptions to print publications, massive layoffs, closings and foreclosures of newspapers, sharp reduction in the number of employees with publishing organizations.
  • Additional scandals in journalism such as phone hacking and shutting down of “News of the World” in Britain that reinforce the notion that some journalists are ethically challenged, corrupt or unfeeling.
  • Merger of journalism and advertising or “sponsored content,” raising serious ethical questions. For details, click.

But there are signs the news business is “bottoming out” from its economic crisis:

Positive trends

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