The quality of journalism in the U.S. is suffering at the local and national levels, as TV and media outlets turn to algorithms, rather than produce stories from reporters, to cut costs.
According to the latest annual “State of the Media” report from the Pew Research Center, U.S. newsrooms have reduced their personnel by nearly 30 percent compared to the highs in 2000.
Journalism in the country suffers as a result, the study added.
Publishing companies and news organizations now take chances to send messages directly to the public despite inconsistent results, rather than use conventional news media.
Pew found that less than 40,000 full-time employees work in news, the lowest manpower in the industry since 1978.
Regardless of continuous growth in annual revenues, news companies CNN, Fox, and MSNBC suffered 30 percent drops in daytime coverage of live events from 2007. And their interview portions rose 31 percent, even though these segments do not need a full crew.
CNN has cut its story segments by nearly 50 percent. It has reduced story lengths on local TV stations, while simple topics to cover, such as sports, traffic, and weather, have risen to 40 percent of total content produced by the company.
Not only TV stations, but also media outlets are suffering.