Fast-Paced Journalism's Neglect of Nuance and Context

Stein, Sam
June 2008
Nieman Reports;Summer2008, Vol. 62 Issue 2, p48
The author offers opinions on online journalism. He cites his own experience as a reporter covering the U.S. presidential election for the Web site "The Huffington Post." Online journalism is praised for its often unconventional nature and the immediacy provided by the instantaneous transmission of news on the Internet. At the same time, the author worries that the emphasis on breaking news can lead online journalists to ignore context and nuance in their reporting. He names himself as an example of a reporter who wishes he had more time to explore the historical dimensions of the stories he covers.


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