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As Newspapers Tank, Experts Fear End of 'Hard News'

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By    |   Wednesday, 11 Nov 2015 08:52 PM

A new report from the Brookings Institution declared that "hard news is in danger" of being replaced by opinion journalism as newspaper reporting jobs and advertising continue to dwindle and as the digital press keeps up its tremendous growth.

"These trends have left many people wondering who will collect hard news for the general public," according to the report, released on Tuesday. "While the Internet world has made it possible for everyone to express their opinion widely — whether they know anything or not — it has also confused readers.

"In the absence of supposedly neutral intermediaries such as reporters, fact-checkers, and editors, readers are having a hard time judging the credibility of what they read," the report said.

The absence of such jobs could raise credibility issues, as fewer employees would be on hand to filter the news, according to the report.

Other highlights from the analysis:
  • Far less journalists are now reporting on the news than four decades ago, with total newsroom employment down from 43,000 in 1978 to 32,900 today.
  • Daily newspapers once numbered as many as 1,800 in 1945; now, it's about 400.
  • Circulation per capita has dropped below 15 percent.
  • TV and radio remain important, but the number of listeners and viewers have also fallen greatly.

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A new report from the Brookings Institution declared that hard news is in danger of being replaced by opinion journalism as newspaper reporting jobs and advertising continue to dwindle and as the digital press keeps up its tremendous growth. These trends have left many...
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