‘Journalism used to focus on what citizens needed to know’

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“Now it focuses on what the audience wants, explaining the spike in celebrity and entertainment news,” writes Iowa State j-school director Michael Bugeja. “Social networks and search engines give away that news for free in return for personal information and then vend those data to companies whose cookies are as hidden as terms of service.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1555430769 Bert Dalmer

    This may be true, but what kind of business can stay afloat by not giving the customer what it wants? It’s a conundrum, to be sure. The public used to feel a sense of obligation to read the daily paper as a civic duty. Not sure that’s so much the case anymore.