Local Ownership and Local Coverage
The study found no pattern correlating the level of local topics in local TV news stories and local ownership.
Does Ownership Matter in Local Television News?
The study examines the tendencies of different local television news ownership structures.
Public vs. Private Ownership by Quality Grade
Local TV stations owned by publicly traded companies were somewhat less likely than privately owned stations to earn “A” and “B” grades in PEJ’s five year study of local TV news.
Size of Corporate Owner and Late-Night Local News Quality
Unlike in early evening news, stations owned by larger ownership groups were less likely to earn “A” and “B” grades in late newscasts in PEJ’s five year study of local TV news.
Quality and the Bottom Line
Initial PEJ research into the relationship between quality and profits indicates that good journalism is good business.
Live vs. Taped Reports
The reporting of embedded reporters during the first week of the Iraq war tended to be live rather than taped and edited.
Topics Covered in Embed Stories
Stories from embedded reporters in the early days of the Iraq war were about a range of topics, but preparation and military action stood out. The results and aftermath of engagement were less common.
Military Action on Camera
The video reports from embedded TV correspondents during the Iraq war tended to focus on troops moving and weapons being fired in engagements.
Level of Reporting
The accounts of embedded reporters during the first week of the Iraq war tended to be highly factual.
A PEJ analysis of embedded coverage found it was largely anecdotal, combat-focused and live and unedited.