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What Are You Reading?

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Oh blogs, blogs, blogs! You’re ruining the news market with your free information and your constant updating. So what are you talking about that’s getting everyone so hyped up they just have to pass your stories along?

According to Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism 62 percent of the most linked-to stories by blogs and social media sites were about the economy this week. According to another Pew report, traditional news organizations only covered this topic 41 percent of the time during the same period. Last week 65 percent of all stories linked and viraled from blogs were about the economy. Only 53 percent of the stories from traditional media outlets were on the economy last week.

Perhaps the problem is that traditional media is not doing enough to cover the topic that users are interested in reading about right now. Then again the shear mass of the blogisphere may simply be out doing the power of traditional media outlets. The pew survey tracks topics that appear in the more than 100-million blogs and other social media Web pages concerned with national news and public affairs. That’s a lot of coverage!

Read about the top stories being discussed and linked to after the jump.

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Emanuel: ‘We Should Have A Conscious Strategy Of Communicating Through Hispanic Media’

Howard Kurtz reports on the White House giving access to journalists who have been ignored in the past: reporters of color from minority outlets. President Obama has spoken with Telemundo, CNN En Espanol, and his first print interview after taking office, Kurtz reports, was with Black Enterprise magazine. Apparently White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is all on board with the idea too.

This is good news for media in general (though Kurtz notes the president “is broadening the circle of access to include more sympathetic outlets”): a USA Today piece from last year put minority journalists’ numbers pretty low:

  • At TV stations: 24%
  • In radio: 12%
  • In print media: 13.5%.

(This percentage seems to encompass both those working in mainstream media and niche ethnic media.)

Then there’s the pragmatic view, as taken by Howard Adamsky, a recruiter with 20 years experience. He writes:

Say goodbye to political correctness. Your services are not being used to be politically correct. The promotion of fairness is a fool’s errand. You client is depending on you to support the acquisition of the very best candidate. End of story. Discriminate with passionate abandon against anyone who is not qualified to do the job and let HR sweat the numbers. Do this one thing and you can rest assured that you are doing your job.

So which is it? Do desperate times call for desperate measures? Or is now more than ever a time to recruit diversity to your newsrooms? Does Obama’s inclusive attitude even matter?

651,000 Jobs Lost In February

The official totals for February are out from the Bureau of Labor Statistics today, and they are worse than previously thought. Unemployment is now at 8.1 percent, its highest rate in 25 years. A Bloomberg survey predicted unemployment would remain below 8 percent in February. Looks like they were wrong.

Estimates put the number of layoffs in February at 650,000, so the official numbers are a bit worse, but revised information for January and December shows that there were fewer jobs lost in February than in the previous two months. January shed 655,000 jobs, and employers laid off 681,000 people in December.

President Obama responded to the figures: “This country has never responded to a crisis by sitting on the sidelines and hoping for the best” and asserting that government has a huge role to play in bringing out the best in the American people.” The first tax credits in his stimulus bill, signed last month, take effect April 1 in the form of reduced payroll withholdings, the New York Times said. [New York Times]