“Brussel Sprouts Journalism,”: Don’t Let the Name Fool You, It’s Not As Bad As It Tastes

There are both positives and negatives of “good-for-you, brussel sprouts journalism,” Some of the positives deal with having a specific niche to deal with. Having a specific  niche makes it so that a certain story will get full coverage instead of being a five minute story on a site or news network where everything has to be dissected in a couple of minutes. Another positive is the coverage of media in a certain state or city. This coverage helps the public stay informed about what is happening in their backyard and not some far away place they do not have any connection to.

I see one negative of “good-for-you, brussel sprouts journalism,”. The negative I see when it comes to reporting with such a format that news organization has to do with how that particular audience is going to become aware of what is going on around them. If a person or group of people has a media source of this kind as their only news source then they would never known important information going on in other cities as well as globally. I believe a prime example comes from the article itself where it spoke on whether or not the Texas Tribune would run the story on their site. They chose not to do so. Those decisions could hurt the organization because those types of stories are breaking news stories that attract many readers, including new readers who have never been to that site. Having those times of stories can help a news organization grow. However, if they have the same amount of the audience or even less than they did in the beginning then that could lead to their demise.

When it comes to the coverage of this trend by writer David Carr for the angle he was aiming for he captured what was necessary. There might be complaints about the article because it does not show the opposition: newspapers or other internet based news that report more broadly. However, his report was not on the older forms of media, but on the new form of “good-for-you, brussel sprouts journalism,” and that is what he accomplished in his article.

When it comes to showing bias in Carr’s story? Of course there was, but what writer does not have a bias. The writers’ job is to try and report a fair and accurate account of their story even though they have a bias. In my opinion that was what he did.


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