Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Great News Repackaging

Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism has a new study out that examines what makes up "the news." They looked at all the outlets that produced local news in Baltimore from July 19-25, 2009 and then studied the movement of six major news narratives from that week. The results are dramatic:
  • 80% of stories are just repackaged information published elsewhere
  • 63% of news stories were initiated by government officials
  • 95% of the stories that did contain new information came from newspapers
As we know, this is a tough time for newspapers so this study begs the question of who will fill the news hole if newspapers fold. It can't all be repackaged news, right?