The Capriciousness of Beats

Galbraith, Kate
December 2010
Nieman Reports;Winter2010, Vol. 64 Issue 4, p5
The article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of beat reporting. According to the author, beats ensure that there is minimal overlap in news reporting and that journalists are able to define their roles. In terms of the negative aspect, she claims that beat reporting can be potentially limiting in that it can overlook certain topics that might not be in the headlines but are actually more important than the issues focused on by the media. She also asserts that beat is best used as a starting point and not something that creates boundaries.


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