Saving Journalism from Churnalism

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GORDON BATYGannett Co. Inc.

In keeping pace with online trends, news is being churned out to meet quota and to satisfy website metrics. When putting out content becomes more important than it's quality and value for the local community, it's called Churnalism. Fortunately, ethnographic research reveals an alternative path. It tells us that news outlets hold a special place in the community due to their heritage and trusted position. Being relevant and valuable isn’t just about reporting news but being champions of passion topics and community matters. Journalism plays a part in the vibrant relationship people have with their city. Enroll local news people in ethnography and an innovation process means they can not only tap the epic stories of their city but also try out possibilities for them to break out of their traditional role.

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