According to a new report by the Knight Foundation, lack of training outranks salary and job security concerns for journalists. Authored by Knight consultant Michele McLellan and senior adviser Eric Newton, the report surveyed “active alumni” of the Knight Network from the U.S. and abroad. Though the report “focuses on Knight-funded training,” wrote its authors, “we believe its insights are relevant to all who care about journalism training’s best practices.” Read more
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A recent report published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism looks at the quality of journalism in the digital age. The report’s author, Richard Sambrook, is a journalism professor at Cardiff University and former director of BBC News. In the report, Sambrook investigates the notions of objectivity and impartiality in the digital world, and whether or not we can trust the new forms of journalism that are emerging as a result of new technologies. Read more
In the digital age, journalists are required to don different hats; from multimedia to social media, there is an increasing amount of tools available for telling the story and sharing it. Still, it may not be enough. Research shows that Americans’ distrust of the media is at record highs, and even though social media has made it easier and faster for information to spread, it can be difficult to sort out truth from the deluge of rumors, facts, and everything in between.
At the Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting over the weekend, Eric Newton spoke about how focusing on the story just isn’t enough anymore. Newton, who is the senior adviser to the president of the Knight Foundation, recounted how he asked 800 investigative reporters and editors if their work had significant social impact. Of course, all of them thought that it did. But asked if they thought the average American understood investigative journalism, only one hand went up. Most of them thought that it was not a journalist’s job to educate people about the importance of journalism. Read more