Local vs. Non-Local Ownership and Quality Grade
Locally owned TV stations were not more likely to produce higher quality newscasts than non-local owners in a PEJ five year examination of local news.
Size of Corporate Owner and Enterprise
Stations owned by different sized ownership groups tended to have similar levels of enterprise in the stories on their newscasts in PEJ’s five year study of local TV news.
Size of Corporate Owner and Localism
Local TV news stations owned by ownership groups of different sizes had similar levels of localism in their newscasts in PEJ’s five year study of local TV news.
Network Affiliation and Quality Grade, All Stations
Fewer network owned and operated local TV stations earned “A” and “B” grades than other stations in PEJ’s five year study of local TV news. But none of the network owned stations earned the lowest “F” grades.
Quality and the Bottom Line
Initial PEJ research into the relationship between quality and profits indicates that good journalism is good business.
A PEJ analysis of embedded coverage found it was largely anecdotal, combat-focused and live and unedited.
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.