The More Things Change

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Pew has a new poll of online journalists worth reading. The respondents are a biased bunch, as members of the Online News Association, but I am nonetheless struck by the soundness of this bullet point in the report.

Six in 10 (63%) of respondents ranked original reporting as the most important type of information they produce. This was more than four times as much as the second-most important information type: aggregated material from wires and other legacy outlets (13%).

“Legacy outlets.” Ouch. But news remains: Reporting will continue to rule, even if no one can make any money on it.