PEJ study finds Net narrows news agenda

The State of the News Media 2008, PEJ’s annual report on the status and health of American journalism, is now online. The study analyzes the major trends in the main media sectors and features: a Year in the News; a Survey of Journalists; a look at the Future of Advertising; an analysis of Citizen Media sites and more. An AP story reports that according to the study, the Internet has not democratized the media as expected, but has rather narrowed the news agenda, with many sites primarily packaging news that is produced elsewhere. Poynter’s Biz Blog discusses the apparent decoupling of advertising and news. The OJR takes a comprehensive look at lessons learned for online journalism.