Forgetting Why Reporters Choose the Work They Do

Bunch, Will
December 2007
Nieman Reports;Winter2007, Vol. 61 Issue 4, p28
The author offers opinions in the trend in journalism, especially in newspapers, towards the emphasis of hyperlocal news coverage. He states that the trend ignores the professional ambitions which lead persons to pursue a journalism career. Local news coverage is frequently tedious to do, uninteresting to write, and carries little or no prestige in journalism itself. To attract and retain talented reporters to cover local news, journalism will need to revamp its system of professional rewards and status. The author proposes doubling the number of Pulitzer Prizes award for local news reporting.


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