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Reporters from Digital/Niche Outlets Are Replacing Daily Newspaper Reporters in Washington

There are more “digital options for coverage at the national level,” but coverage of the government’s impact on individual communities appears to be decreasing.

Laura Hazard Owen | December 3, 2015

Reporters from digital outlets and niche publications now hold more seats in the U.S. Senate Press Gallery than reporters from daily newspapers do, according to a new report from Pew. That’s a change from the late 1990s, when “daily newspaper staff outnumbered such journalists by more than two-to-one.”
As local newspapers shut down and other papers close their Washington bureaus, that means that readers who want “digital options for coverage at the national level” — as well as those who can pay for premium subscription products — might be getting more coverage than they would have in the past, but there’s a “continued strain on Washington reporting for local communities, which focuses on those communities’ elected representatives, interests, and needs,” said Amy Mitchell, Pew’s director of journalism research.

Newspaper staff once dominated Press Gallery ranks

Reporters working for specialty publications often catering to elite audiences, labeled “niche” outlets in this report, have risen in number. So too have journalists working for publications that were born on the web – newer arrivals to the capital – called “digital-native” outlets here.

<more at; related links: (The journalists covering Washington and whom they work for. December 3, 2015) and (Confessions of a Paywall Journalist. Thanks to a booming trade press, lobbyists and other insiders know what’s happening in government. The rest of the country, not so much. November/December 2015)>

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