Study Sees More Overlap in US News Coverage

Publication: Reuters

03/17/2008 - The U.S. news media, whittled down after a year of extensive layoffs at newspapers and television outlets, focuses on a far narrower band of news despite audience demand for a variety of information, according to a study released on Monday.

In its fifth annual study titled the "State of the American News Media," the Washington-based Project for Excellence in Journalism found U.S. audiences still most interested in news from well-established outlets such as the New York Times or Washington Post as they read more on the Internet.

But as those organisations cut jobs to contend with declining advertising and circulation, the pattern that emerges is a stronger focus on a handful of headline topics.

"Even with the revolution of information, we may have no wider ... a news agenda than we used," Tom Rosenstiel, the PEJ's director, told Reuters.

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