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Hmmmm, This happens just as I'm  in the middle of reading Flat earth news, and on page 52 it has the quote

They found that a massive 60% of these quality-print stories consisted wholly or mainly of wire copy and/or PR material, and a further 20% contained clear elements of wire copy and/or PR to which more or less other material has been added. With 8% of the stories they were unable to be sure about their source. That left only 12% of stories where the researchers could say that all the material was generated by the reporters themselves. The highest quota proved to be in The Times, where 69% of news stories were wholly or mainly wire copy and/or PR. Event the paper with the lowest quota, the Guardian compiled just over half its stories this way

So looking at that  firstly there appears to be very little on-the ground reporting done by reporters.  and secondly with the Times having such a low percentage of independently sourced material, what is the special thing that makes Times reporting stand out enough to justify paying for that 31% that isn't copied from somewhere else?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jul 3rd, 2010 at 02:40:33 PM EST
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