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National media's political coverage declining, resembling sports reporting

Editors are deciding what people want to know, instead of what they need to know, causing Canadians to tune out of political and public policy discussions.

Just doing their jobs: Reporters in a scrum with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. A new book, How Canadians Communicate IV: Media and Politics, says political coverage has declined over the last two decades. Conflicts and personality ‘have become the staple of political reporting and that has helped to alienate the public from politics and public policy,’ says Chris Waddell.

The fast-paced environment in which journalists are working today has negative implications on political coverage and in many ways “resembles sports reporting” which is alienating the public, say experts.

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National media's political coverage declining, resembling sports reporting

Editors are deciding what people want to know, instead of what they need to know, causing Canadians to tune out of political and public policy discussions.

Just doing their jobs: Reporters in a scrum with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. A new book, How Canadians Communicate IV: Media and Politics, says political coverage has declined over the last two decades. Conflicts and personality ‘have become the staple of political reporting and that has helped to alienate the public from politics and public policy,’ says Chris Waddell.

The fast-paced environment in which journalists are working today has negative implications on political coverage and in many ways “resembles sports reporting” which is alienating the public, say experts.

  

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Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

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Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

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Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

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Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

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