State of the news media: gloomy

Looking towards the second quarter of 2008, the state of the news media is not strong, at least not according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism. Key point: the media's agenda is narrowing, not broadening, as many had expected, because of the empowerment of bloggers.

Looking towards the second quarter of 2008, the state of the news media is not strong, at least not according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism. Key point: the media's agenda is narrowing, not broadening, as many had expected, because of the empowerment of bloggers. Network TV news viewership is at its lowest since 1999 and US News & World Report, Time, and Newsweek all lost ad pages from 2007. Yet the Inquirer calls it a win for old media.

In focus: Ups and downs at Tribune

Tribune Co. owner Sam Zell had reportedly taken the potty mouth down a notch, but that that was before he saw the company's $78 million fourth-quarter loss, which could mean the sale of some newspapers. The bright side is that a Chicago Tribune intern won the Chicago Sun-Times “Zell No!” video contest mocking Zell's threats to let the highest bidder rename Wrigley Field.

Also:

PageSix.com calls it quits after three months online.

Former Metro publisher files $100 million racketeering suit against the free paper.

Journal: PR people make more money than journalists (shocker!).

Lynndie England blames the media for Abu Gharib.

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