The mass media in 2014 are showing signs of optimism as a new breed of journalists and entrepreneurs enters the landscape, says the Pew Research annual report on the state of the media.
The report, released this week, says that "In many ways, 2013 and early 2014 brought a level of energy to the news industry not seen for a long time."
From the Pew Report:
Digital players have exploded onto the news scene, bringing technological knowhow and new money and luring top talent. BuzzFeed, once scoffed at for content viewed as "click bait," now has a news staff of 170, including top names like Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Schoofs, and is the kind of place that ProPublica's Paul Steiger says he would want to work at if he were young again. Mashable now has a news staff of 70 and enticed former New York Times assistant managing editor Jim Roberts to become its chief content officer. And in January of this year, Ezra Klein left the Washington Post for Vox media, which will become the new home for his explanatory journalism concept. Many of these companies are already successful digital brands - built around an innate understanding of technology — and are using revenues from other parts of the operation to get the news operations off the ground.
The Daily Circuit talks about the report and its findings with Pew's director of journalism research.