It's an icky comparison but many of us will recognize the reality that print is already old when it rolls off the press. It's also "icky" because nobody has really figured out how to make a living off excellent journalism on the Internet.
In this seven-minute documentary commissioned by CurrentTV, we follow Nick Angel on his journey of discovery as he reads nothing but UK tabloid Daily Mail for a month. After about 25 days in his "Daily Mail dystopia," Angel looks back at the news he's consumed and finds out he's read only three stories about global warming and 32 about "cuddly animals." You can also watch it here, care of YouTube:
In the U.S., however, a weariness with carnage seems to have set in, and there's apparently lessening appetite in the media for the slaughterhouse that Iraq has become: "News coverage of the Iraq war fell sharply in the second quarter of the year, as the news media paid increased attention to the presidential campaign and the immigration debate, according to a detailed analysis to be released today," said a New York Times report.
The story was based on the quarterly research report by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the PEJ News Coverage Index. That study, which emphasizes U.S. media from a U.S. perspective, can be found here.
From a story in the Guardian:
The BBC World Service has lost its last FM radio outlet in Russia today, adding further substance to claims of a clampdown on foreign media by the country's authorities.
Russian station Bolshoye Radio today notified the BBC World Service that it plans to stop transmission of BBC programming in Russian as of this afternoon.
Bolshoye Radio was due to air BBC content at 5pm but was ordered by its owner, the financial group Finam, to pull the shows or risk being taken off air altogether.
Here's a Reporters Without Borders press release:
MONTREAL, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders is dismayed by
the Russian government's decision, announced today, to eliminate the BBC from
the FM waveband in Russia.
"There is absolutely no justification, either political or technical, for
this censorship," the press freedom organisation said. "Is Russia taking the
lead from China or Zimbabwe, where the BBC is jammed? We hope a rapid solution
will be found to this problem and that the BBC will soon be available on FM
The broadcasting of the BBC's Russian-language programming on FM ended
today. The British broadcaster's last Russian partner, Bolshoye Radio, has had
to terminate the relationship on the insistence of the Russian authorities.
Finam, the group that owns the station, said it had been told by regulators
that its contract did not allow it to retransmit programmes produced by other
BBC Global News director Richard Sambrook said: "We are extremely
disappointed that listeners to Bolshoye Radio will be unable to listen to our
impartial and independent news and information programming in the high quality
audibility of FM."
Sambrook called on the Russian authorities to respect the licensing
accord with Bolshoye Radio, claiming that it allowed for a fifth of its
programming to be foreign-produced. Meanwhile, Finam spokesman Igor
Ermachenkov told the Associated Press: "It's no secret that the BBC was
established as a broadcaster of foreign propaganda."
Relations between Russia and the United Kingdom have worsened
considerably since the start of an investigation into the death of former KGB
officer Alexandre Litvinenko from poisoning in London last November.
Moscow-based Radio Arsenal stopped retransmitting the BBC's programming
on FM at the end of 2006, while St. Petersburg-based Radio Leningrad followed
suit in early 2007. The BBC's Russian-language programmes can still be heard
on short wave and on the Internet.
And so Dow Jones & Co., once the proud lion of financial news, goes down instead like a jackrabbit shot while sprinting across a field, tumbling just long enough to hold a discussion about tradition, responsibility, ethics, Schumpeter and other conservative-sounding things, before finally coming to rest, belly up.
After the deal was announced, the WSJ's editorial page went on the offensive, or tried to, against anyone who might suggest that Dow Jones's sale might not be as good a deal for business-press readers as it is for top DJ executives and senior Journal editors.
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