#news

Thomas Fuller on the newly freed media struggling in Myanmar:

Daw Nyein Nyein Naing, the executive editor at The 7 Day Daily, one of the new newspapers, said finding good reporters had been difficult. Her reporters are addicted to Facebook, she said, and often post scoops to their Facebook pages, rather than filing stories to their editors.

She also lamented that many readers appeared to prefer dailies and weeklies that she said ran sensational articles of dubious veracity. “People are not buying quality,” she said.

Even in the newest of places, with the best intentions, history repeats.

Brian Stelter covering the just-launched Al Jazeera America:

“Viewers will see a news channel unlike the others, as our programming proves Al Jazeera America will air fact-based, unbiased and in-depth news,” said Ehab Al Shihabi, the channel’s acting chief executive, on a news conference call last week. He was explicit about what will be different, saying, “There will be less opinion, less yelling and fewer celebrity sightings.”

Sounds refreshing, but I wonder if that’s what viewers really want. I’m reminded of the line about Netflix streaming, “A lot of people tell us they often watch foreign movies or documentaries. But in practice, that doesn’t happen very much.” Fox News is the way it is for a reason.