Study: Local TV News Suffering

    Sean Maroney of WGN TV operates a pool television camera as Elzbieta Plackowska who is charged with fatally stabbing her seven year old son and a five year-old girl she was babysitting appears before DuPage County Judge Robert Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2011 in Wheaton, Ill. Plackowska appeared in court in a blue jail uniform and stood silently beside her public defender as he entered the not guilty pleas on her behalf during the brief hearing before Judge Kleeman. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, Pool)

    M. Spencer Green

    Without local TV news, how will the next generation know how much to appreciate Ron Burgundy? Local TV news is apparently going the way of the print dinosaur, suffering from “shrinking pains,” according to a study released Monday by the Pew Research Center. “This adds up to a news industry that is more undermanned and unprepared to uncover stories, dig deep into emerging ones or to question information put into its hands,” writes the study’s main author, Amy Mitchell. And apparently nobody is even paying attention to the dire circumstances for media: 60 percent of respondents said they had heard little or nothing about struggles in the industry. One bright spot for aspiring bloggers: 50 percent of respondents said they use digital media daily for news.

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