New survey suggests reporters are losing their nerve.
“A new survey from the Indiana University suggests things are fast changing in the news industry — and not for the better.
The latest in 42 years worth of surveys of journalists, this one polled more than 1,000 reporters in the latter half of 2013. That timeframe is significant — it was right when revelations about the NSA’s mass surveillance were being published. As IU researchers note, the percentage of U.S. journalists endorsing the occasional use of ‘confidential business or government documents without authorization,’ dropped significantly from 81.8 percent in 1992 to 57.7 percent in 2013. The path that avoids regular confrontation with power is often far easier, less risky and more lucrative in the news business.”