Reporting vs. Journalism

I came across a great blog post about hyperlocal reporting vs. journalism, which included the following gem:

The T&G is a newspaper that never put a premium on journalism, but a heavy emphasis on reporting the happenings of Central Massachusetts. The joke used to be that if the world ended in nuclear holocaust the headline in the T&G would be “Worcester Among Cities Destroyed As World Ends.”

Without a real history of journalism, the T&G has emphasized its local reporting. When I left the newspaper in 1999 the daily circulation was above 117,000.  The T&G now has a circulation of less than 83,000 and it continues to fall.

Clearly, this hyperlocal strategy isn’t working.

I recommend reading the whole post if you’re interested in the future of newspapers.

1 thought on “Reporting vs. Journalism

  1. Thanks, Nic, for bringing this to our attention. I’ve long bemoaned the T&G’s reliance on reporting at the cost of journalism. It is, however, the necessary result of local news coverage. In that way, the T&G is no different from other local papers. It is what it is, and I read it just to see what’s happening, but not why.

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