Press talk: That Pew study, j-schools and the revenue for "Media Twitter"
Hot off the presses, Pew Research's latest study Political Polarization & Media Habits has most press circles buzzing (2,095 shares thus far). The takeaway is intriguing, but far from uplifting: "Conservatives and liberals inhabit totally different worlds on the Internet. This is bad," Mashable's Brian Ries points out. "Many will shrug at this new Pew study with a smug 'well, of course' but its lessons are dire," asserts Justin Wingerter with the Topeka Capital-Journal.
Of special note is Section 1 (shared by itself a total of 475 times) which focuses on the distinct difference between media outlets favored by the left and the right: NPR and CNN are the most consumed news by liberals while Fox News unquestionably is the one preferred by the right. Also: "Fascinating! Everyone distrusts Buzzfeed," Robert Hernandez notices.
So who's the only outlet "more trusted than distrusted" by all five of the study's ideological groups? That would be the Wall Street Journal, interestingly. WSJ's Joe Parkinson was understandably proud, tweeting the news and adding the hashtag #likeaboss.
Here's something that was needful: Poynter's Andrew Beaujon breaks down exactly why it’s so disappointing that j-schools are panicking over Ebola (428 shares). All right, so it's only three journalism schools, but isn't there an irritating irony in the idea? Politico's Garrett Graff notes, "This comment on @abeaujon’s 'Fearbola' post sums up problem with U.S. post-9/11: 'For many, any risk is too much.'"
And in the final installation of the Reynolds Journalism Institute's investigation into "Media Twitter" (oh, you know who you are!), the series author asks the final and most important question: Can Twitter make any money for newspapers?