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Changing the Way the Media Report the News

I think they're understaffed, careless, and lazy to some degree. Newspapers have been in a squeeze for decades and it shows.

They find it too easy to print the press release and to cover the already famous rather than seek those who have something new to say.

Because of this, I thought I would approach, not the AP, but one of their customers:

I e-mailed Yahoo! two weeks ago to ask them about their editorial policies. I told them they had been accused of blocking Ron Paul supporter comments, and that the AP had shown bias or incompetence in their reporting.

They responded that they use several sources for news and gave links for suggesting new ones:

Yahoo! News strives to represent a wide variety of perspectives on current events. It is our mission to provide complete and balanced news coverage. You might be interested to learn that we've added several new content providers over the past few months. Also, we are continuously negotiating with several organizations to run materials from authors suggested by our valued users like you. Your participation in this process helps us to improve the experience of everyone who relies on Yahoo! News for the most accurate, up-to-date coverage of news from around the world.

At this time, Reuters, Associated Press, and AFP provide news in almost all categories on our site. We are also perpetually adding to our growing list of alternate providers. To view our updated source list, please go to:

http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/news/sources/beta-08.html

We invite you to stay tuned for new developments as we continue to expand our journalistic offerings.

If you have further comments or suggestions, we would love to hear from you! Please visit Yahoo! News Suggestion Board where you can make suggestions and view our users' most recent topics and top-rated suggestions. Just click here:

http://suggestions.yahoo.com/?prop=news

Thank you again for contacting Yahoo! News.

I suggest we keep pointing out the AP's and Reuter's flawed reporting to their customers, like Yahoo! and NPR, etc.--somebody, somewhere, at the organizations sets principle and strategy, and they don't want to lose readers.

Newspapers and websites everywhere, and TV, too, get their news from the AP, Reuters, and a few others (some have fallen by the wayside--remember UPI?), so if we can get their customers to demand better reporting, it will spread.

Proof that the AP spreads? The AP story about Ron Paul was posted here multiple times as people found it on the front page of several sites. We should get those sites to lobby the news services for us.




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Great idea!

Bump for activism.
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