Highlights from Killing Journalism:
U.S. Labor Department statistics show there were 38,790 jobs in news for reporters and correspondents in mid-2017, earning a median annual salary of $51,550.
In 2005, there were 52,920 reporters and correspondent jobs in the United States. That's a loss of more than 14,000 jobs
in just over a decade.
How right-wing media heroes James O'Keefe and Sean Hannity
ran away for me when confronted with questions about their misleading reporting and false claims. Hannity twice!
How false balance, the growing practice of news outlets giving equal time and space to
opposing arguments that are based on lies and myths -- from homophobic claims of pedophilia to anti-vaccination voices spouting
false fears of ties to autism -- have helped spread inaccurate reporting and lead to recent increases in previously controlled
diseases such as measles and Chicken Pox.
How the Internet
has had a bittersweet impact on news with a positive expansion of options for coverage and instant reporting tools for many,
but also producing a deep cutback in advertising revenue for traditional outlets as well as allowing a vast array of false
and poorly-sourced "news" sites.
How the increased demand for instant news to beat competitors has sparked a rise in false
and misleading reports -- from inaccurate accounts of the Boston Marathon bombing to blown Election Night calls to overhyped
medical fears based on limited or exaggerated reporting.
The reasons beyond the rapid abuse of "breaking news" in most
cable reports, as well as many traditional outlets that throw the term around like a frisbee at summer camp; most of the
time without any new information being reported.
Why news outlets overcover stories on weather, celebrity and fear-based news and ignore
more pressing problems with the environment, infrastructure, true medical issues and state and local news - each of which
affect more people than Kim Kardashian or the latest hurricane. Such an approach leads to people fearing a rare mass shooting
at their local school more than the true dangers of gun violence - suicide.
How the near extinction of ombudsmen and other reader helpful
public editors are keeping readers and viewers more in the dark and adding to an already fragile credibility issue, and
that it's becoming more and more difficult for journalists to get pubic records, credentials for events and legal defense
protection. Not to mention news person safety worldwide, which has seen an increase in violence against reporters and editors
with more murders of news people globally in recent years.
some hope remains with the growth of non-profit news outlets that have neared 200 in number in recent years, several winning
Pulitzer Prize accolades and partnering with traditional media to provide some of the best reporting in the country.