Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Key Documents: Section IV. Data on the Status and Practice of Journalism - Key Trends in Journalism
By the Project for Excellence in Journalism In this, the fifth edition of our annual report tracing the revolution of news, several trends bear particular notice heading into 2008. News is shifting from being a product—today's newspaper, Web site or newscast—to becoming a service—how can you help me, even empower me? There is no single or finished news product anymore. As news consumption becomes continual, more new effort is put into producing incremental updates, as brief as 40-character e-mails sent from reporters directly to consumers without editing. (The afternoon newspaper is also being reborn online.) Service also broadens the definition of what journalists must supply. Story telling and agenda setting—still important—are now insufficient. Journalism also must help citizens find what they are looking for, react to it, sort it, shape news coverage, and—probably most important and least developed—give them tools to make sense of and use the information for A ...