Day: June 1, 2009

Changes in Media Polling in Recent Presidential Campaigns: Moving from Good to “Average” at CNN

A paper by Michael W. Traugott, spring 2009 fellow, details the problematic rise of the “poll of polls,” an average of other organizations’ recent data rather than new information gathered by the news organization itself. This paper reviews how polling has changed in recent decades, compares CNN’s polling from 2004 to its polling in 2008, …

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Beyond News: The Case for Wisdom Journalism

A paper by Mitchell Stephens, spring 2009 fellow, argues that as major news events now appear fast and free on Google, Yahoo or a hundred other websites, “stenographic recording” of news events has lost much of its value. Journalists will have to provide something else of use to readers: “wisdom journalism.” Stephens defines wisdom journalism …

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Getting it for Free: When Foundations Provide the News on Health

A paper by Maralee Schwartz, spring 2009 fellow, analyzes the implications of using health news provided by non-profit organizations. Departure of experienced journalists and shrinking budgets for reporting have resulted in a decline in the variety of content newspapers produce – including health care coverage. The launch of The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Kaiser Health News, …

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