Welcome to Citizen Journalism Today. There is a seemingly endless train of negative reports in the news about the changing media landscape; the 20 percent profit margins of newspapers flipped to 20 percent losses, the mass migration of newspaper readers to the web and social media and the even faster exodus of advertising out of newsprint to major masthead online sites such as SFGate.com, NYTimes.com, Chron.com, Craigslist.org, E-Bay, Drudge Report, Google, Yahoo, Linkedin, FaceBook and other major new social sites evolving every year. The powers that were are selling the buildings the occupy and filing for bankruptcy continuances. Amazon purchased the Washington Post. The giants have fallen, Times-Mirror and Knight-Ridder. The New York Times is renting its headquarters living on borrowed time and cash infusions from Mexico’s richest man until another online billionaire pays to own the Old Grey Lady.
The old newspaper unions will hammer the final nails in the coffins of the remaining big city dailies.
I will update you on developments with reports on the media from actual people in the trenches, the waves of buyouts and layoffs on the horizon and the new role citizen journalists have on investigative reporting, filling in the gaps without fear or favor.
The bias has been with us for decades in not only the A-section and editorials, but also in the business section, metro and even sports reporting. You see it every day in thier not-so-hidden agendas.
The Tour de France, attack the Americans; Chelsea Football Club, the Russian just buys the good players; Barry Bonds, He’s got to be disgraced, he ignores the sports writers! He won’t do an interview! He is hiding the fact that he used steroids! Please join me in this brave new medium and add to the continuum. Click on my home page.
Hearst and FOX may end up being the last ones standing.
A new, powerful trend is coming from the science departments of major universities. They’ve known for years that newspaper journalists are not educated nor capable of objective reporting on science. So they’ve come up with their own news service. Bookmark the site: http://futurity.org/.
Online advertising revenue accounts for just .07 of total newspaper/web revenue and print advertising, even though it is in a death spiral, accounts for 70 percent of the revenue.The story keeps evolving. We would like to hear your reports from the streets.
Please write me at: Mickgregory@icloud.com