Churnalism: discover when the "news" you're reading is a press-release

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6 Responses to “Churnalism: discover when the "news" you're reading is a press-release”

  1. Grahamers2002 says:

    Churnalism is a form of journalism in which press releases, wire stories and other forms of pre-packaged material are used to create articles in newspapersand other news media in order to meet increasing pressures of time and cost without undertaking further research or checking.[1] The neologism “churnalism” has been credited to BBC journalist Waseem Zakir who coined the term in 2008.
    Churnalism has increased to the point that many stories found in the press are not original. The decline of original journalism has been associated with a corresponding rise in public relations.[2]

  2. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    “I imagine every editor would want to run this on their stories before they publish!”
    What, and have to hire more ‘journalists’ to produce the content that PR flacks will give them for free?

  3. nixiebunny says:

    It’s easy to spot – no contradictory views are expressed in the article. 

  4. grimc says:

    Cool! I’ll just run Boing Boing through this for laughs andOHMYGOD!

  5. FoolishOwl says:

    Regex FTW!

    I’ve installed the Firefox plugin; I’ll see how this works out.

  6. naam says:

    The Register is detecting how much the churnalism detector press release is getting furiously churned all over the place. Even here, albeit by ways of a mouthpiece quote.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/26/churnalism_detector_churned/

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