Thursday, February 14, 2013

churnalism analysis (local news site)

No wonder my complaints about (gov) go unanswered on this [local news site] ... out of 14 original articles only 2 are (gov) ... one of which is titled "2013 legislative session running smoothly." ... (all process, no substance).
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"Churnalism is a form of journalism in which press releases, wire stories and other forms of pre-packaged material are used to create articles in newspapers and other news media."

"The decline of original journalism has been associated with a corresponding rise in public relations."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Churnalism
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i looked at the main articles on this [local news site] and calculated the percentage of churnalism based on number of articles:

total articles 32
kob articles 14
ap   articles 18

14/32 = 44% original content
18/32 = 56% churnalism
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percentage of churnalism based on number of articles by subject:

cops 15 (5/15)       33% original (67% churnalism)
gov 8  (2/8)            25% original (75% churnalism)
bus 4  (2/4)            50% original (50% churnalism)
fluff 3  (3/3)          100% original
weather 1 (1/1)     100% original
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percentage of churnalism based on number of sentences

cops 15 (67/294)      23% original (77% churnalism)
gov 8  (34/84)           40% original (60% churnalism)
bus 4  (8/59)             14% original (86% churnalism)
fluff 3  (33/33)         100% original
weather 1  (13/13)   100% original
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... it's the 75% churnalism for (gov) articles that really angers me ... this is supposed to be a news site ... and they chump out and use ap articles nearly all of the time ... just look at the titles below ... all local government news ... and it wasn't a local reporter who wrote any of that.


PRC qualifications bill awaits House debate (gov)
Martinez appoints Romero to 5th District judgeship (gov)
House panel OKs tax increase for roads (gov)
NM regulators to review line extension policies (gov)
Education funding increases under House proposal (gov)

the use of ap stories may provide a degree of deniability ... but it betrays the trust of the public .... and stop with all of the (cops) stories already.

in the education system ... if you do 50% of the work, and copy the rest ... you receive an F ... so you get an F.
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(main stories on local news website)

u.s. news

Crippled cruise ship slowly makes its way to land (bus)
associate press (6 sentences)
Couple says fugitive tied them up, stole car (cops)
associate press (30 sentences)
Key events in manhunt for fugitive ex-LA officer (cops)
associate press (42 sentences)
Ex-LA cop hostage story renews manhunt questions (cops)
associate press (54 sentences)
Hundreds of students brawl at Minn. high school (cops)
associate press (13 sentences)
Online chatter continues over Dorner rampage (cops)
associate press (5 sentences)
LaPierre: NRA to ’stand and fight’ Obama on guns (gov)
associate press (24 sentences)
Mourners pay respects to NYC mom killed in Turkey (cops)
associate press (25 sentences)
Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza goes for bargain $20M (bus)
associate press (45 sentences)

new mexico news

21 arrested in prescription drug ring bust (cops)
Gadi Schwartz (11 sentences)
New Mexico receives Toyota settlement payout (bus)
(KOB.com staff) (3 sentences)  
Couples cram courthouse for Valentine's Day weddings (fluff)
(KOB.com staff) (6 sentences)  
Wintry storms bring in much needed snow (weather)
Eddie Garcia   (13 sentences)
V-day flower sales generate little profit (fluff)
Adam Camp      (14 sentences)
City seeks court order in Lexington home demolition (cops)
Adam Camp      (19 sentences)
I-40 reopens after crash causes rush-hour delays (traffic)
(KOB.com staff) (5 sentences)
2013 legislative session running smoothly (gov)  
Stuart Dyson (15 sentences)
Lawmakers take up statewide min. wage hike (gov)  
Stuart Dyson (19 sentences)
Farmington Police seek man tied to assaults (cops)
(KOB.com staff) (10 sentences)
DA vows to crack down on crimes committed with guns  (cops)
Erica Zucco   (11 sentences)
Gun scare locked down Cuba schools (cops)
(KOB.com staff) (6 sentences)  
Artesia woman aboard troubled Carnival cruise ship (bus)
(KOB.com staff) (5 sentences)
Koala gets Valentine's Day mate (fluff)  
(KOB.com staff) (13 sentences)
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PRC qualifications bill awaits House debate (gov)
associate press (5 sentences)
Martinez appoints Romero to 5th District judgeship (gov)
associate press (3 sentences)
House panel OKs tax increase for roads (gov)
associate press (5 sentences)
NM regulators to review line extension policies (gov)
associate press (6 sentences)
Education funding increases under House proposal (gov)
associate press (7 sentences)
Silver City tax preparer indicted on fraud charges (cops)
associate press (6 sentences)

Strange & Odd

Man accused biting off ear lobe pleads not guilty (cops)
associate press (5 sentences)
Pa. grad student sues, says C-plus cost her $1.3M (cops)
associate press (15 sentences)
Ky. pastor wants snakes confiscated in Tenn. (cops)
associate press (32 sentences)
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(same stories regrouped)

21 arrested in prescription drug ring bust (cops)
Gadi Schwartz (11 sentences)
City seeks court order in Lexington home demolition (cops)
Adam Camp      (19 sentences)
Farmington Police seek man tied to assaults (cops)
(KOB.com staff) (10 sentences)
DA vows to crack down on crimes committed with guns  (cops)
Erica Zucco   (11 sentences)
Gun scare locked down Cuba schools (cops)
(KOB.com staff) (6 sentences)
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Couple says fugitive tied them up, stole car (cops)
associate press (30 sentences)
Key events in manhunt for fugitive ex-LA officer (cops)
associate press (42 sentences)
Ex-LA cop hostage story renews manhunt questions (cops)
associate press (54 sentences)
Hundreds of students brawl at Minn. high school (cops)
associate press (13 sentences)
Online chatter continues over Dorner rampage (cops)
associate press (5 sentences)
Mourners pay respects to NYC mom killed in Turkey (cops)
associate press (25 sentences)
Silver City tax preparer indicted on fraud charges (cops)
associate press (6 sentences)
Man accused biting off ear lobe pleads not guilty (cops)
associate press (5 sentences)
Pa. grad student sues, says C-plus cost her $1.3M (cops)
associate press (15 sentences)
Ky. pastor wants snakes confiscated in Tenn. (cops)
associate press (32 sentences)


2013 legislative session running smoothly (gov)  
Stuart Dyson (15 sentences)
Lawmakers take up statewide min. wage hike (gov)  
Stuart Dyson (19 sentences)
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LaPierre: NRA to ’stand and fight’ Obama on guns (gov)
associate press (24 sentences)
PRC qualifications bill awaits House debate (gov)
associate press (5 sentences)
Martinez appoints Romero to 5th District judgeship (gov)
associate press (3 sentences)
House panel OKs tax increase for roads (gov)
associate press (5 sentences)
NM regulators to review line extension policies (gov)
associate press (6 sentences)
Education funding increases under House proposal (gov)
associate press (7 sentences)

Artesia woman aboard troubled Carnival cruise ship (bus)
(KOB.com staff) (5 sentences)
New Mexico receives Toyota settlement payout (bus)
(KOB.com staff) (3 sentences)
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Crippled cruise ship slowly makes its way to land (bus)
associate press (6 sentences)
Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza goes for bargain $20M (bus)
associate press (45 sentences)

Couples cram courthouse for Valentine's Day weddings (fluff)
(KOB.com staff) (6 sentences)
V-day flower sales generate little profit (fluff)
Adam Camp      (14 sentences)
Koala gets Valentine's Day mate (fluff)  
(KOB.com staff) (13 sentences)

Wintry storms bring in much needed snow (weather)
Eddie Garcia   (13 sentences)