Is Journalism Disappearing? These Top Educators Have A Lot To Say About That

Almost every week in 2024 has featured news of media layoffs (more than 800 so far by one count, which would place the sector on pace for 10,000 jobs lost this year, according to Fast Company) and left many professionals penning eulogies for the news industry while asking hard questions.

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Did The Media Business Just Implode?

If 2023 felt tumultuous, 2024 seems to have gone completely off the rails. Poynter’s media business experts dig into the causes — and effects.

At Least 528 News Media Jobs Were Lost in January, Study Finds

The media world in general shed more than 830 jobs in a brutal month for media, tech and finance.

The Media Is Melting Down, And Neither Billionaires Nor Journalists Can Seem To Stop It

Across the industry, contraction, layoffs, sales and labor unrest remind of 2008 — but insiders are less optimistic this time.

The News About The News Business Is Getting Grimmer

Mass layoffs, closures and reader fatigue are afflicting news organizations as Americans prepare for a consequential election year.


Most Top News Sites Block AI Bots. Right-Wing Media Welcomes Them

Nearly 90% of top news outlets like The New York Times now block AI data collection bots from OpenAI and others. Leading right-wing outlets like NewsMax and Breitbart mostly permit them.

Seven Cliff-Hangers As We Close Out 2023

What will the New Year bring for CNN, Fox, The Washington Post, Paramount, The Telegraph, and more?


What Do AI Companies Want With The Media?

This past week, Axel Springer, the German media conglomerate that owns Politico and Business Insider, signed a “multiyear licensing deal” with OpenAI worth tens of millions of euros. According to the company, the deal “will enrich users’ experience with ChatGPT by adding recent and authoritative content on a wide variety of topics,” in the form of “summaries of selected global news content.” Its stories will also be used to train OpenAI’s models. Now, as small startups, open source projects, and tech giants alike start to close the basic performance gap with OpenAI, and simultaneously start to figure out what their users, customers or potential customers actually find valuable — the subject of training data is back at the center of the conversation around AI.

Media Companies Keep Turning to Gambling. It’s Not What You Think.


How Sales And Finance Teams Can Work Together

Historically, there’s palpable friction between finance and sales departments at media companies, but to get budgets and sales forecasts right, they need to work together. Sometimes, each camp may even grow to appreciate their former foes.

Media And Telecom M&A Fell In 2022

After record deal-making in 2021, the number and dollar value of M&A in media and telecommunications fell during the past 12 months through November, according to the latest report by PwC.

Trump Threatens More Lawsuits Against Media

Donald Trump says he plans to file lawsuits against “a large number” of news outlets, just as he has against CNN. In an email to supporters, the former president said those other news outlets — he did not identify them — were guilty of “lies, defamation, and wrongdoing,” including as it pertains to “The Big Lie.”


Putin’s Folly And The U.S. Media Industry’s Solidarity

As Russia continues its attack on Ukraine, the suffering of its citizens and damage to the concept of democracy is playing out via broadcast and the internet. The media industry has joined much of the world in its response to Russia’s bullying, with media and tech companies throughout the U.S. stepping up and enforcing a variety of sanctions and taking other actions against the superpower in an effort to stop a madman.

DHS Lists ‘Media’ In Recent Terrorism Bulletin; Here’s What That Means

The Department of Homeland Security issued a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin on Monday, Feb. 7. The media, were mentioned as a potential target. In a nutshell, the bulletin said several factors have “increased the volatility, unpredictability, and complexity of the threat environment.”


Media Must Show Its Bias — For The Truth

Eager to look neutral — and worried about being accused of lefty partisanship — mainstream news organizations across the political spectrum have bent over backward to aid and abet Trump’s disinformation campaign about voting by mail by blasting his false claims out in headlines, tweets and news alerts, according to the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

Media Is Failing To Communicate Journalism’s Value To Public

Trump Bashes Media Coverage Of Cornavirus

President Donald Trump’s press briefing today had a flurry of newsworthy statements, updates and some startling moments. Days after saying that a lot of the media “actually has been really fair” in its coverage of the coronavirus crisis, on Thursday he was back to calling a number of news outlets “dishonest.”


Media Struggled Through A Decade Of Change

David Zurawik: “This has been a decade of revolutionary, existential media change most of which would have happened had he never stepped off that elevator into the heart of the nation’s political life.”


The Media Is Broken

David Brooks: “Those of us in journalism primarily do one thing: cover events. We report and opine about events like election campaigns, wars and crimes. But a funny thing has happened to events in this era. They have ceased to drive politics the way they used to. Increasingly, sociology is.”

Here’s Who Owns Everything In Big Media

The media landscape used to be straightforward: Content companies — studios — made stuff — TV shows and movies — and sold it to pay TV distributors, who sold it to consumers. Now things are up for grabs. To help sort this all out, Recpde created a diagram that organizes distributors, content companies and internet video companies by market cap — the value investors assign to the companies — and their main lines of business.

The 35 Most Powerful People In New York Media

The Hollywood Reporter’s ninth annual list adds dozens of new stars, reporters, editors — and even a mogul or two — who keep racking up the scoops as ratings soar and platforms boom amid the provocateur-president’s continuing attacks on the press: “Sometimes when you’re pro-truth, it comes off as anti-Trump.”


Strategists On Whether Press Should Boycott Trump

Veterans of presidential campaigns offer reporters options for dealing with a president who loves making them part of the show.

What Jon Stewart Gets Wrong About The Media

Why Trump Is Blaming The Media Down The Homestretch

The president’s decision to go on the offensive at a moment of fear and division could be cold political calculus — or it could reflect his press-obsessed worldview.

Trump Blames Media For ‘Division And Hatred’

President Trump on Sunday night cast blame on the “fake news” media for the “division and hatred” plaguing the U.S. after a week that saw an attempted bomber target prominent Democrats and a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.  “The Fake News is doing everything in their power to blame Republicans, Conservatives and me for the division and hatred that has been going on for so long in our Country,” Trump tweeted. “Actually, it is their Fake & Dishonest reporting which is causing problems far greater than they understand!”

Trump: Media Needs Him To Win Re-Election

In an unscheduled, unstaffed interview with The New York Times on Thursday, President Trump said the media would be in trouble without him and needs him to win re-election in 2020. “Another reason that we’re going to win another four years is because newspapers, television — all forms of media — will tank if I’m not there, because without me, their ratings are going down the tubes,” he said. “Without me, The New York Times will indeed be, not the failing New York Times, but the failed New York Times.”


Media Giving Up Its Place In Our Democracy

Whatever side you’re on in the debate over journalism these days, you’re not going to like some of what I have to say. Let’s start with a basic fact. President Trump is engaged in the most direct, sustained assault on the free press in our history. Since early in the campaign, he has done everything he could to delegitimize the media — attacking us institutionally and individually. And I think his purpose is clear: a concerted campaign to raise doubts over whether we can be trusted when we report critically about his administration.

Trump Hits Media Over Congressional Race

President Trump late Sunday slammed the media over its coverage of the Kansas congressional race. “The recent Kansas election (Congress) was a really big media event, until the Republicans won,” the president tweeted. “Now they play the same game with Georgia-BAD!”

27% Of Americans Say Media Too Easy On Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 27 percent of Americans believe the news media has been too easy on Donald Trump. The Pew Research Center said Thursday that more people […]

Teens Average 9 Hours A Day With Media

Common Sense Media released an exhaustive survey Tuesday outlining how young people spend screen time. Two-thirds of teenagers said they listen to music every day, and 58% said the same about watching television.

Jon Stewart’s Secret White House Visits

To engage privately with the president in his inner sanctum at two sensitive moments — previously unreported meetings that are listed in the White House visitor logs and confirmed by three former Obama aides — speaks volumes about Stewart and his reach, which goes well beyond the million or so viewers who tune into The Daily Show on most weeknights. Love Stewart’s jokes or hate them, he has proven to be a unique voice who is capable of turning in-the-weeds policy discussions into viral video sensations that the country is still talking about the next morning.

Obama Criticizes Media On ‘The Daily Show’

President Barack Obama criticized the media Tuesday for letting its fascination with “shiny objects” distract from more important issues. “The media are a bunch of different medias. Some get on my nerves more than others,” the president said during an appearance on The Daily Show, his last with Jon Stewart as host. Stewart had asked Obama whether the media was “inflammatory” and “focused on the wrong things.”

Media Distrust In The U.S. Hits All-Time High

Americans’ distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Distrust is up from the past few years, when Americans were already more negative about the media than they had been in years prior to 2004.

Survey: Media Among Least Favored Sectors

A new survey by the Public Affairs Council finds that the federal government is the only sector that people like less than the media. The survey was about how Americans view big businesses. Fifty-four percent viewed news media somewhat or very favorably, while 44% said their overall opinion of news media was not favorable.