Does Ownership Matter in Local Television News?
The study examines the tendencies of different local television news ownership structures.
Size of Corporate Owner and Quality Grade, All Stations
Stations owned by the larger ownership groups were less likely to earn “A” and “B” grades than others in PEJ’s five year study of local TV news.
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.
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.
A PEJ analysis of embedded coverage found it was largely anecdotal, combat-focused and live and unedited.
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.