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Opinion Current Problems in the Media The burgeoning problems with the media have been documented in great detail by researchers, academicians and journalists themselves: High levels of inaccuracies Public confidence in the media, already low, continues to slip. According to an in-depth study by the American Society of Newspaper Editors in23 percent of the public find factual errors in the news stories of their daily paper at least once a week while more than a third of the public - 35 percent - see spelling or grammar mistakes in their newspaper more than once a week.
The study also found that 73 percent of adults in America have become more skeptical about the accuracy of their news. The level of inaccuracy noticed is even higher when the public has first-hand knowledge of a news story. Almost 50 percent of the public reports having had first-hand knowledge of a news event at some time even though they were not personally part of the story.
Of that group, only 51 percent said the facts in the story were reported accurately, with the remainder finding errors ranging from misinterpretations to actual errors. The Columbia Journalism Review and the nonprofit, nonpartisan research firm Public Agenda polled senior journalists nationwide in on various questions.
Sensationalism There is tendency for the press to play up and dwell on stories that are sensational - murders, car crashes, kidnappings, sex scandals and the like. In a study by the American Society of Newspaper Editors, eighty percent of the American public said they believe "journalists chase sensational stories because they think it will sell papers, not because they think it is important news.
Mistakes regularly left uncorrected A poll by the Columbia Journalism Review and the nonprofit research firm Public Agenda of senior journalists nationwide found: Fully 70 percent of the respondents felt that most news organizations do a "poor" 20 percent or "fair" 50 percent job of informing the public about errors in their reporting.
Barely a quarter called it "good. Almost four in ten of those people interviewed feel sure many factual errors are never corrected because reporters and editors are eager to hide their mistakes.
More than half think most news organizations lack proper internal guidelines for making corrections. A majority 52 percent thinks the media needs to give corrections more prominent display.
Over 40 percent said their news organization does not even have a person designated to review and assess requests for corrections. Poor coverage of important issues While the media is busy covering sensationalist stories, issues that affect our lives and the whole world receive little attention.
The Environment A study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs found the number of stories about the environment on the network news went from in and in to only in and in At the same time, the number of stories about entertainment soared from in and 95 into stories inand in Meanwhile, getting environmental stories into print, or on the air, has never been more difficult.
What difference does it make? The only countries to reach that target have been the Scandinavian countries. The US ranks at the very bottom with a pathetic 0. A sizeable amount of our aid is political in nature and does not go toward benefiting people in need.
Even when private donations are included in the mix, our country still ranks at the bottom in total giving per capita. According to the World Health Organization about 28, people who die every day around the world could be saved easily with basic care.
In all, last year 8. When Americans are asked what percentage of the GDP for international aid would be reasonable, the answers range from 1 percent to 5 percent.
Similarly, when asked what percentage of the federal budget should go to foreign aid, Americans on average said 14 percent, and that in fact, they thought 20 percent was currently being allocated. The actual amount of our budget allocated is 1 percent. Yet the press rarely reports on any of the above — that we give so little, that we are avoiding what we agreed to, that Americans think giving at a higher level would be reasonable, that we think we are giving far more than we are, and that a huge number of deaths every day eight times the number that died in the attacksare a direct result of not receiving basic care.
When the press does report on foreign aid, the media often perpetuates the myth that we give substantially and in proportion to our means.
Education Large numbers of Americans give low ratings to the media for school coverage. Educators and journalists agreed. Nonprofit media organizations rate far higher on educating the public than for-profit entities A seven-month series of polls by the Center for Policy Attitudes and Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland found that Americans receiving their news from nonprofit organizations were far more likely to have accurate perceptions related to American foreign policy than those receiving their information from for-profit entities.
The study also found the variations could not be explained as a result of differences in the demographic characteristics of each audience, because the variations were also found when comparing the demographic subgroups of each audience. For example, in three areas of information related to Iraq whether weapons of mass destruction had been found, if clear evidence had been found linking Iraq and al-Qaeda and if worldwide public opinion supported the war in Iraqonly 23 percent of those who received their information from PBS and NPR had an inaccurate perception, while 55 percent of those who received their information from CNN or NBC had an inaccurate perception, 61 percent for ABC, 71 percent for CBS and 80 percent for Fox.
Similarly, on the specific question of whether the majority of the people in the world favored the U. Those receiving information from the other networks fell into a similar pattern as demonstrated in the example above: Fox at 69 percent, NBC at 56 percent and CNN at 54 percent - all with rates of misperception twice as high as the nonprofit media organizations.
When the percentages of people misperceiving in each area were averaged, it was found that those receiving information from for-profit broadcast media outlets were nearly three times as likely to misperceive as those receiving from the nonprofit media organizations.
Those receiving their information from Fox News showed the highest average rate of misperceptions -- 45 percent -- while those receiving their information from PBS and NPR showed the lowest - 11 percent. The study found similar patterns also existed within demographic groups, and that differences in demographics could not explain the variations in levels of misperception.Technically, Print Media today is in a very mature state with optimised processes and the best of technology enabling automated production with top quality and highest speeds.
The issue is with the Business Model - you cannot have the same business model from the last century still working.
An Overview of the Mass Media Situation in the Philippines. Published on March 22, and print (32 per cent). Philippine radio today has become a huge, thriving industry. Print media have. Current issues in print media 1. The State of Print Media By Dionne Gomez & Kent Wilson 2. Brief History of Print Media 59 BC Caesar orders the publication of events in Rome First handwritten newspapers - China Guttenberg develops wooden printing press First mass produced news report – Zeitung First double .
Topic 3: IMC Print, Broadcast, Out-of-Home, and Product Placement Media The media is a touch point that creates a connection between the brand and the customers and prospects. The media's role is to deliver brand messages through media exposure.
The biggest challenges for print publishers lie in the mega-trends of readership and ad dollars are migrating to digital. Additionally, rising costs of publishing a print magazine, combined with shrinking rates and ad pages are putting many print publishers in a major cash crunch.
While the media is busy covering sensationalist stories, issues that affect our lives and the whole world receive little attention. The Environment. A study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs found the number of stories about the environment on the network news went from in and in to only in and in