TRADITIONAL MEDIA PULLS THEIR WEIGHT ONLINE

By: Staff reports

Committee of Concerned Journalists Study Politics Online



Traditional media’s Web sites are much more likely to exploit the Web’s unique
capabilities than Internet portals, reports the Committee of Concerned Journalists
(CCJ) in a study released Sunday.


In a study of political coverage on the most popular Internet sites, the Project for
Excellence in Journalism produced a study for the Committee that shows portals
depend heavily on wire-copy while print newspapers provided more substantial news
coverage than the Web sites.



Online news has improved its sourcing with more than half of the lead stories using
five or more sources, the study finds. This contradicts the prevailing attitude that
online news is riddled with rumor and innuendo.


For the study CCJ examined 12 of the more popular Web sites that provide news and
information, including portals, purely online news sites and sites connected to old
media organizations. The study checked the sites repeatedly for a total of 72
political front pages and 286 lead stories on six selected dates from late February
to just after Super Tuesday, March 7.


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Staff reports



WASHINGTON POST’S HOWARD KURTZ REVIEWS CCJ STUDY

(http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45318-2000Apr9.html)









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