A Tale of Two Headlines

Study Finds More News Media Outlets, Covering Less News

As part of the review, a special study looked at how a variety of outlets, including newspapers, television, radio and the Internet, covered a single day's worth of news and concluded that there was enormous repetition and amplification of just two dozen stories. Moreover, it said, "the incremental and even ephemeral nature of what the media define as news is striking."
The one bright spot seemed to be newspapers, which “covered the most topics, provided the most extensive sourcing and provided the most angles on particular events.” Which probably means this is not good news…

McClatchy Buys Knight Ridder, But Will Sell 12 Papers, Including San Jose and Two in Philadelphia

After the purchase of Knight Ridder and the sale of the 12 papers, McClatchy will be left with 32 daily newspapers and roughly 50 non-dailies.
The last thing we need, in an era of repetition and amplification of too few news stories, is more media consolidation—especially in the only medium which was managing to still do a halfway decent job.

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