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The State of the News Media 2009
An Annual Report on American Journalism

Project for Excellence in Journalism
http://www.stateofthemedia.org/2009/index.htm

Publisher:  Project for Excellence in Journalism
Year Published:  2009  
Resource Type:  Article

Some of the numbers are chilling. Newspaper ad revenues have fallen 23% in the last two years. Some papers are in bankruptcy, and others have lost three-quarters of their value. Nearly one out of every five journalists working for newspapers in 2001 is now gone, and 2009 may be the worst year yet. In local television, news staffs, already too small to adequately cover their communities, are being cut at unprecedented rates; revenues fell by 7% in an election year # something unheard of # and ratings are now falling or are flat across the schedule. In network news, even the rare programs increasing their ratings are seeing revenues fall. The report also includes our in-depth content analysis, based on a study of nearly 80,000 news stories and television and radio segments in A Year in the News. This year we also offer some Special Reports. There is one on citizen-based media, including a university study of 363 citizen websites in 46 markets. There is a backgrounder on the growing models of entrepreneurial journalism, new Web news organizations run by professional journalists outside the mainstream press.

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