The News

Morton, Ray
November 2007
Script (10922016);Nov/Dec2007, Vol. 13 Issue 6, p106
The article presents information on the study Broadcast Newswriters Speak About News Quality released by the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) on July 26, 2007. The study indicates that the ongoing reduction of newsroom staff at most major broadcast news operations is causing an ongoing decline in the quality of television news. Outlined are the reasons for that decline including the increased recycling of news stories, the delegation of more responsibilities to fewer staff members leaving less time for research and fact-checking, and a shift away from hard news and toward ratings-generating lifestyle and entertainment news.


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