Legacy media are failing, but offer more news than blogs

A study out of the University of Missouri compared “legacy media” to citizen journalism sites. Researchers at my alma mater “found that despite ongoing reports of financial troubles and cutbacks, legacy media are more comprehensive and more technologically advanced than citizen media and bloggers.”

They also found that:

* Blogs were less likely than citizen news sites to permit posting comments or emailing the site.

“We found that legacy sites offered almost double the percent of news (89 percent) in comparison with citizen news sites (56 percent) and three times that of blogs (27 percent),” said Margaret Duffy, faculty chair in strategic communication in the Journalism School. “The topic coverage on blogs and citizen new sites is generally narrow and the sourcing is light.”

Interesting that blogs don’t permit posting as often as citizen news sites.

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