Monday, April 18, 2011

Outing obvious online "over-reporting"...

One for "My Favourites": (an independent, non-profit website built by the Media Standards Trust) to help distinguish between original journalism and "churnalism" - "a news article that is published as journalism, but is essentially a press release without much added." The site allows you to explore the copy and pasting of today's media "masters".

Hat-tip: Katabasis

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Paul said...

I actually fell for an advert masquearding as journalism the other week, I was taken in right until the end.

Of course the best example last year was the e-mail about the supposed benefits that illegal immigrants were getting, I seem to remember a certain right-wing newspaper publishing it as fact.

Nice site.

Span Ows said...

In a sense I can understand the problem: it isn't just a few seconds news-spot any more, or a weekly or even daily column: it is having to fill hundreds of pages of a website so the quality, technique, value for money etc go out the window.

Paul said...

Slightly changing the subject I can still hear Danny Baker saying, as the old Radio 5 gave way to 5Live, what on earth are they going to talk about on this new rolling news channel? Too much space to fill on the Internet, newspapers, TV, radio - not enough proper news so it's speculation and churnalism.