Pew Study: 8% Of Dwindling Crew Of Statehouse Reporters Work For Radio
July 11, 2014 at 4:44 AM (PT)
The PEW RESEARCH CENTER's census of AMERICA's disappearing statehouse reporters shows that radio represents 8% of the reporters assigned to statehouses nationwide.
A total of 1.592 reporters cover state government, 47% (741) on a full-time basis. Newspapers still have the largest share of statehouse reporters -- 604 total, 319 fulltime -- with television second, wire services third, and radio fourth (124 total, 68 fulltime).
The dwindling number of full-time reporters at a time when much of the important legislative action has moved from WASHINGTON to the state level concerns observers like reporter GARRY RAYNO of the MANCHESTER UNION-LEADER, who said, "“Anytime there are less people watching what’s going on, things are going to be slipping through the cracks. Things that people should know are not getting reported.”
Read the PEW report here.