Gene Policinski


News reporting on the business of the courts and judiciary has a long history – and an uncertain future. Reporting on the courts has changed with the times, technology and tastes of the American press and of the public – the latter being the ultimate target of reports on the functions and the institution of our judicial system. News coverage of judicial proceedings at all levels, nationwide, may well have peaked – in quantity, quality and reach – in the early 1990s, when a declining economy kicked off dramatic cutbacks in newspaper news staffing, reductions later amplified by the drop in the news media’s own financial models.

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