Broadcasting forms a very large segment of the mass media.
AOL has launched or purchased such Web startups as Politics Daily for politics and government, Fanhouse for sports, for businessand TMZ for celebrities and entertainment. Hatfill's case dismissed since he had not proved malice on the part of the Times.
Many journalists joined the rush. For most of the millions of its practitioners, blogging is still a hobby for which there is little or no remuneration, even if the blog is picked up or mentioned by news media or aggregation sites.
As the Internet became more popular and more important in the first decade of the 21st century, newspaper proprietors dreamed of paying for their newsrooms by mimicking their traditional business model in the online world. The last great laying waste to American newspapers came in the early decades of the twentieth century, mainly owing to a radio and b the Depression; the number of dailies fell from 2, in to 1, inleaving 1, cities with only one paper.
But it is unlikely that any but the smallest of these news organizations can be supported primarily by existing online revenue. Thus, an Internet channel may distribute text or music worldwide, while a public address system in for example a workplace may broadcast very limited ad hoc soundbites to a small population within its range.
At the same time, digital technology—joined by innovation and entrepreneurial energy—is opening new possibilities for reporting. Routine documents a reporter once had to obtain in a reading room of a government agency or by filing a Freedom of Information Act request can now be found online and are easy to download.
These developments were driven in part by the market. Nonprofit news organizations should, as some already have, individually and collectively through collaboration, develop professional fundraising capabilities like those of advertising departments for commercial news organizations.
News reporting also draws audiences into their communities.