Our impressions of this week (May 1-5, 2006) in news coverage:
- Rick Edmonds on the behind-the-scenes chatter at the ASNE convention
- Casey Frechette on the high’s and low’s of Moussaoui’s trial coverage
- David Shedden highlights current events and takes a look back at Kent State and the launch of NPR
People are still talking about last week’s American Society of Newspaper Editors convention in Seattle. This includes an eye-of-the-beholder split about whether the overall effect was upbeat or a bummer. My sense is that it depends on which convention you’re talking about — the proceedings on the floor, which were optimistic and forward-looking, or the conversations in the hall, where complaint and anxiety were more likely to be aired out.
In my bailiwick — empirical research on the industry — there was some modestly good news. The annual census of professional newsroom jobs showed a loss of about 600 in 2005, not the 1,200-plus that I and other watchers of this annual indicator had predicted. Read more