In the US, the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) is publishing a series of opinion pieces aimed at “reinforcing the vitally important role of newspapers and professional journalism in the digital age”. The pieces will be available for reproduction by ASNE members and news outlets and will address the following “myths”, says the Society:
- Newspapers are washed up;
- Newspapers are no longer relevant;
- News media are biased;
- Newspapers are not connected to community;
- The web and digital technologies are killing news organizations.
In April 2009 the ASNE changed its N from newspapers to news; three of the five myths up for busting, however, focus on newspapers…