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Reuters Hosts Panel On “Shaky” Audience-Media Relationships

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Last night at the Thomson Reuters building in Times Square, Jack Shafer of Slate.com moderated a panel for millennium journalism entitled “Audience and the Media: A Shaky Marriage.”

The speakers at the event each came from a mainstream news outlet, with differing ideas on how to keep credibility and objectivity in their field while maintaining their audiences’ interests.

Michael Oreskes, editor of The Associated Press, came out swinging. “We’re in an era of mistrust…[the mainstream media] have done a truly lousy job [explaining] why we mattered,” he said. “We got away with it for a long time until the Internet. Suddenly why we failed to explain who we were really mattered.”

Lisa Shepard, ombudsman of National Public Radio, shared a similar sentiment, “The public does depend on the media, and loves to kick us,” she said, explaining that news organizations have been “horrible at marketing themselves” as credible resources, even as they have become more transparent and willing to admit their mistakes.

“Lets be realistic,” Shepard told the crowd. “When you are putting out a 24-hour news product, you are going to have mistakes every day.”

But does admitting those mistakes and issuing corrections make a publication seem more credible, or less? Read on for more from last night’s panel.

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TVNewser: After weeks of speculation, CNBC has confirmed that Jeff Macke has left the network.

Mediaweek: Starting next month, BusinessWeek will offer subscribers a special online version of the magazine.

Washington Post: The Washington Post‘s ombudsman Andrew Alexander asks his fellow colleagues “What will become of the Post if it keeps cutting staff?” The (not surprising) answer: reduced quality, less investigative work and less depth.

Examiner.com: New York TV news veteran Ernie Anastos is gearing up to celebrate his fourth anniversary at Fox 5.

New York Times: Thanks to layoffs, furloughs and a permanently docked yacht, life at Forbes wouldn’t make any top 10 list.