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Death of the Institutional News Voice

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Media, institutional voice, newspapers, objectivity, Bill O’Reilly, Newsless,

Institutional NewsroomThe standard, bare-bones, institutional voice of newspapers is dying a slow death. “The convention has outlived its usefulness, and needs to be euthanized,” Matt Thompson writes on his blog Newsless. Writing in an institutional “news voice” hinders transparency by forcing reporters to hide their methods and their voice. It also distracts people with the form, rather than the substance, of news articles when reporters deviate from the conventions. It also allowed “partisan hucksters” like Bill O’Reilly to outflank newspapers, according to Thompson, because it’s usually more compelling to be told “I’m on your side” rather than “just the facts, m’am.”

Source: Newsless 

tom hendricks
8/14/2009 11:52:42 AM

I agree with Gordon. I would add that carrying ads has been a major factor in the downfall of papers. Our local daily, Dallas Morning News has shifted from pleasing readers, to pleasing advertisers, and it shows in every paper. Those groups that don't buy don't get covered: college students, kids, seniors, and most working people. So dailies have shifted away from all news that would be fair and honest and interesting to college students, kids, seniors, and most working people to articles that read like entries in a catalogue. Add to that lots of analysis and little real news and you don't have much to save. FAIR has a good post on this http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=101