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  •  Some have (2+ / 0-)
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    dougymi, Cofcos

    Those that evolve will survive, those that not will die.  Its economic Darwinism at its finest...

    "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

    by skywaker9 on Sat Jun 06, 2009 at 01:33:28 PM PDT

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    •  news gathering is already evolving (0+ / 0-)

      more of it is being done by local TV stations. They see the niche that local papers are leaving. Sure, they aren't the NYT, but they aren't striving to be. They're filling the niche of the local newspaper that got bought by Gannett and rotted.  They also don't have to pay the overhead of AP and syndicated columnists.

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Sat Jun 06, 2009 at 01:51:25 PM PDT

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      •  That's OK (4+ / 0-)

        So long as the only news you care about are violent crime, traffic tie-ups (after the fact) and weather reports. TV news, because it's a visual medium, concentrates on stories that provide pictures.

        By the way, a reporter and crew from a typical small TV station may have as many as three assignments a day. That includes travel time, time at the scene for interviews/filming and editing time before the story is broadcast. It's tough for them to get anything in depth and impossible to report on complicated, nonvisual stories. They just don't have the time.

        •  We'll see where it goes (0+ / 0-)

          As I said, it's evolving. They're using their websites more and more for in-depth reporting, some of it not involving video or pictures (anymore than newspapers use pictures or videos, anyway). There's a niche there that big media companies aren't filling. Someone will fill it. Perhaps local tv news, perhaps someone else. It will be filled.

          A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

          by dougymi on Sat Jun 06, 2009 at 02:22:44 PM PDT

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      •  Not really. Not here anyway (3+ / 0-)
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        They rely heavily on "easy" stories; the latest charity walk, the Irish festival, the musician speaking at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They tend to rip and read local political stories from the newspaper and give them very short shrift. They don't cover the local arts scene unless there's controversy (PETA pickets the opera because they use live animals in Aida) or the music scene unless it's a national act at the arena. And they're still way too heavy on weird and unlikely anomalies that could KILL YOUR WHOLE FAMILY! One of our stations did a piece not to long ago on soccer goal posts toppling over, a problem that — they informed us breathlessly — kills ONE child a year! My favourite part was where they were sticking a microphone in the face of a soccer mom in the bleachers to ask her if she was panicking yet, and she blandly said she hadn't heard about this (and didn't seem to care.)

        Rob Portman: He sent your job to China.

        by anastasia p on Sat Jun 06, 2009 at 02:34:03 PM PDT

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        •  You're right for now (0+ / 0-)

          but as I indicated, the situation is evolving. Here in Lansing, the local rag is pretty bad. The tv stations have moved more into what the lansing state journal used to do, but since being gannettized, doesn't anymore, even to writing more original political (state and local government) reporting to some of their websites.

          I don't dispute anything you've written, or what poorwriter (I hate typing that. She/he is a better writer than I) wrote. I merely suggest that the niche will be filled and possibly by local tv news.

          A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

          by dougymi on Sat Jun 06, 2009 at 02:56:37 PM PDT

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      •  broadcast TV isn't exactly doing great either (0+ / 0-)

        I'm sure its Google's fault as well. :)

        About the only media making money at the moment is cable tv.

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