Apr 27, 2009 - Posted by Alan Bass
Paid daily circulation increased slightly for many Canadian newspapers during the six months ended March 31, according to the latest report by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Circulation at the Montreal Gazette rose 13 per cent over the same period last year. However, circulation at the National Post dropped 20 per cent.
Apr 20, 2009 - Posted by Alan Bass
U.S. newspapers hacked 5,900 jobs from their newsrooms last year, the largest round of print journalism job reductions since the American Society of News Editors started counting in 1978. The cuts, representing 11.3 per cent of the workforce, left about 46,700 journalists still working in U.S. newsrooms, down from a peak of 56,900 in 1990.
Apr 20, 2009 - Posted by Alan Bass
Local television stations provided more hours of weekday news last year despite cutting staff and reducing salaries, according to a study released at the annual Radio-Television News Directors Association convention. Member stations reduced staff levels by about 1,200 people (4.3 per cent) while average salaries declined by 13.3 per cent for reporters, 11.5 per cent for news anchors, 9.1 per cent for weathercasters and 8.9 per cent for sports anchors.
Apr 08, 2009 - Posted by Alan Bass

Selected articles from the April 2009 issue of Journalism of possible interest to the journalism community:

Towards a `Foxification' of 24-hour news channels in Britain?: An analysis of market-driven and publicly funded news coverage, by Stephen Cushion and Justin Lewis

Making good sense: Transformative processes in community journalism, by Michael Meadows, Susan Forde, Jacqui Ewart, and Kerrie Foxwell

From gospel to news: Evangelicalism and secularization of the Protestant missionary press in China, 1870s—1900s, by Yong Z. Volz and Chin-Chuan Lee

Broader and deeper: A study of newsroom culture in a time of change, by David M. Ryfe

Review Commentary: Is the BBC biased?: The Corporation and the coverage of the 2006 Israeli—Hezbollah war, by Ivor Gaber, Emily Seymour, and Lisa Thomas

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Mar 30, 2009 - Posted by Alan Bass
Journalists who work online are worried the Internet is undermining journalism's professional values, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism. A slight majority of respondents believed journalism is on the "wrong track," with many citing declining journalistic standards as their main concern. However, the study notes, online journalists are more optimistic about the future than those who work in print.
Mar 26, 2009 - Posted by Alan Bass

Readership of Canadian magazines is down less than three per cent since last year, according to figures released by the Print Measurement Bureau. Reader's Digest has the largest readership and CAA Magazine has the largest circulation.

Mar 25, 2009 - Posted by Alan Bass

Readership of Canadian newspapers remains strong despite the financial problems plaguing the industry, according to figures released today by NADbank. Almost half of Canadian adults read a newspaper on an average weekday and weekly readership of newspapers in large markets has changed little during the past five years, the newspaper research organization reported. Meanwhile, the Canadian Circulation Audit Board also released circulation data for its member papers. Several daily newspapers recently stopped having their circulation audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulation and moved to the CCAB, which previously audited mainly community newspaper circulation.

Mar 24, 2009 - Posted by Alan Bass
Two graphs included in the 2009 State of the Media report published by the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism show at a glance why some sectors of the news business are in desperate straits. One shows 2007-2008 advertising revenue trends; the other shows audience trends for the same period. Newspapers in particular are suffering a double whammy - print revenues are falling faster than readership while advertising growth online is lagging far behind the surge in readers.
Mar 16, 2009 - Posted by Alan Bass

As one might expect, this year's annual State of the Media report produced by The Center for Excellence in Journalism makes for dismal reading. The most frightening problem highlighted by the report, however, is not the devastating financial havoc being wreaked on the traditional news media industry, it's the lack of vision as to what to do about it:

"There are growing doubts within the business, indeed, about whether the generation in charge has the vision and the boldness to reinvent the industry. It is unclear, say some, who the innovative leaders are, and a good many well-known figures have left the business. Reinvention does not usually come from managers prudently charting course. It tends to come from risk takers trying the unreasonable, seeing what others cannot, imagining what is not there and creating it. We did not see much of it when times were better. Times are harder now."

Mar 12, 2009 - Posted by Alan Bass
If newspapers are dying, here's why: A lot of people don't care. That message comes through loud and clear in a recent poll conducted by Pew Research. Asked if they'd miss their local paper if it had to shut down, only 33 per cent of respondents said they'd miss it a lot. Forty-two per cent said "not much" or "not at all."
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assistant editor ELYSE AMEND

Each month, we review scholarly studies of journalism as a practice and as an institution. David Secko is an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism at Concordia University (Montréal). He teaches science reporting and does research on theoretical practices in science journalism. He currently leads the Concordia Science Journalism Project (CSJP).

Lisa Lynch is assistant professor of journalism at Concordia University in Montreal. Her work on journalism, culture and technology has appeared in publications ranging from New Literary History to the Arab Studies Journal. She is currently working on a book on new media technologies and journalistic leaking.

Elyse Amend is a freelance writer and research assistant for the CSJP. She recently completed her MA in Journalism Studies at Concordia University.