This just in: The future of news

Publication: USA Today

Author: Peter Johnson

03/15/2004 - Until he joined ABC News in January, Jonathan Karl spent eight years covering politics on CNN. Looking back, Karl says, he often was constrained from doing much actual reporting, given the demands of appearing live on CNN."I can't tell you how many times I'd be on the air and my cell phone would ring, but I couldn't answer it," says Karl, 36. "I knew it was a source, but I couldn't say, 'Hey, wait a minute, I've got a call.' " 

Now, as a correspondent for ABC's World News Tonight, Karl can focus on reporting and writing a single story for that broadcast. He considers his pieces more thorough and insightful. "When you're reporting for one show at 6:30 p.m., you have enough time to report in depth," he says. "There is much more emphasis here on produced pieces, putting information in context." 

This "added value" of context and thoughtfulness--the kind of gatekeeping long considered the cornerstone of journalism, both in print and broadcast--is fading. It's one of many changes taking place as the world of newsgathering moves into a fast-paced and fragmented future, according to a landmark study released today by the Project for Excellence in Journalism. 

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