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NY Magazine survey shows journalists positive about the digital age (except Facebook)

By Paul Bradley Carr , written on July 25, 2016

From The Press Freedom Desk

An interesting, and only slightly depressing, study to start the week, from New York Magazine. 

The publication sent a detailed survey to more than 100 print, digital and TV journalists, soliciting their opinion on the state of the news media. The entire survey is well worth a read, especially the write-in answers. But Pando readers might note in particular the media professionals' responses to questions about the state of online media, including social media. 

More than three quarters of respondents felt the Internet had, overall, been good for journalism...

With 53% saying social media has had an overall positive impact on reporting...

And yet. When asked if the state of journalism was overall better or worse than a decade ago -- that is, before the Internet became the dominent medium -- the largest number of respondents said it had got worse, with only 36% saying it had improved...

A staggering 81% of respondents said they were worried about the dominence of Facebook when it comes to news...

...with the largest number saying that the social network "creates silos in which people only see news that already conforms to their worldview."

Read the rest of the survey here.