Nieman Journalism Lab analyses a news story


The Google/China hacking case: How many news outlets do the original reporting on a big story? » Nieman Journalism Lab.

There’s a lot of copy-pasting going on in the world of journalism.

To try to build a datapoint on that question, I chose a single big story and read every single version listed on Google News to see who was doing the work. Out of the 121 distinct versions of last week’s story about tracing Google’s recent attackers to two schools in China, 13 (11 percent) included at least some original reporting. And just seven organizations (six percent) really got the full story independently.