Television news no longer uniquePosted: February 13, 2013
Television news runs the risk of becoming stale, with newscasts either being too similar or stations trying too hard to stand out.
Part of the challenge in media is making the proprietor of the news stand out. Despite this, it’s all too easy for news broadcasters to follow a typical format that is associated with their craft and shared by competitors. In addition, due to TV syndication which allows networks to provide their affiliates with the same story coverage and so we are presented with “cookie cutting” reporting.
It’s not unreasonable to think that a major news story, such as the recent Manti Teo story, would be covered by various networks due to the strangeness and popularity, but then there are other cases where multiple stations cover the same story, and the identical form of reporting used by different broadcasts then is used for comedy.
Part of the issue is believed to be in the networks themselves when it comes to hiring and the decisions on what kind of stories should be invested in. Networks choose to hire more rookie writers and spend and money on investigative reporting.
Broadcast news provides information to the public in a unique form, but how unique is it really in today’s world? Should networks forgo spending money more on investigative topics, or instead save money on easier reporting? Is this form of “cookie cutter” news decreasing the credibility and overall quality of broadcast news?