Friday, February 15, 2013

phishing for a comment (argument or reply)

what percentage of [your news station's] news stories are associated press re-posts? shall i start counting? [me]

churnalism
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Not sure. Don't have time to count. Let me know. [news person 1]

Sent from my iPhone
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ok ... ill take a closer look [me]
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On most days, the percentage of AP stories would be quite low.  For a mid-market station with a budget friendly staff, a surprising large percentage of stories come from within.  That's one of the many things about [our station] we're proud of. [news person 2]
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Sure. Sometimes - particularly at the legislature - we might be covering the same story. Are we talking about re-posting AP verbatim on the website or on TV? On TV the % would be very low I think but the website has fewer limitations and we might post more there. We are AP clients, but they are a very small workforce in NM these days. [news person 3]
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hey [news person 3] ... it ain't a flattering review ... but here is the link... and i do think that you do the most sincere job there ... [me]

churnalism analysis (local news site)
http://adventuresofagreenhorn.blogspot.com/2013/02/churnalism-analysis-local-news-site_8478.html
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I must defend AP here. They do not spew out press releases. Their Santa Fe guy is the best Capitol reporter we have - [news person 4].  I doubt the accuracy & standards of the "churnalism" review. I think the author is mistaking AP wire stories for press releases or PR handouts. Not the case! [news person 3]
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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."

wire stories are included in the definition ... [me]
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Bad definition. AP is not churnalism. [news person 3]
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then you [news person 3] should reply to the article and make that argument ... because by your definition, then, there is no churnalism at all on [your news station's] website ... [me]