FCC Blames Bloggers For The Decline Of Print JournalismJul 17th, 2009 | By James Lewin | Category: Citizen Media, General
Federal Communications Commission commissioner Michael Copps has circulated an internal report that blames the decline of traditional journalism on blogging and new media.
â€œWe’re not only losing journalists, we may be losing journalism,â€ according to Copps.
â€œSome blame the Internet and bloggers, and that’s certainly a part of the story. All that consolidation and mindless deregulation, rather than reviving the news business, condemned us to less real news, less serious political coverage, less diversity of opinion, less minority and female ownership, less investigative journalism and fewer jobs for journalists.â€
The decline of traditional print and broadcast outlets is the primary focus of the report. The report also loks at possible ideas for addressing these “issues”.
â€œHow about journalism?â€ asked Copps. â€œWill anyone figure out a business model to support in-depth, investigative journalism â€“ or must we develop something completely new, perhaps based on philanthropy, non-profit models or public media?â€