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3 Takeaways From Emma & Bill Kellers’ Recent Missteps

66g8uCriticism surrounding a profile of stage 4 breast cancer patient Lisa Bonchek Adams has been mounting since Guardian writer Emma Keller published a controversial piece Jan. 8, and her husband, New York Times columnist and former executive editor Bill Keller seemed to sympathize with her position in a follow-up.

Adams has been chronicling musings and insights about her illness, sometimes painfully honest, through her personal blog and Twitter for some time now. Keller’s story about Adams, in which she wonders aloud about the “ethics” of tweeting about an incurable, aggressive sickness, as well as Bill Keller’s column, are in poor taste. So much so that the Guardian has removed the original story and begun an “investigation.”

In thinking about this whole unfortunate debacle, I’d like to consider some potential lessons:

1. Just because you can editorialize doesn’t mean you should.

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Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism Announces Free-training Schedule, Focus on Investigative Reporting

Reynolds Center picGiven the dearth of investigative reporting being done these days both online and in print, it’s nice to know that there are still organizations out there that support investigative journalism.

The Reynolds Center for Business Journalism, part of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, is one such organization and they’ve just announced a new training schedule of mostly free, online journalism training courses that stress the practice of investigative business journalism. Read more

Ready For An Upgraded New York Times (and Native Ads)?

nytThe New York Times‘ long-awaited redesign will grace our computers next week, complete with updated typography and responsive design.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 will also mark a shift in The Grey Lady’s advertising model, as the new and improved design allows for the Times to display sponsored editorial content, or “native ads.”

NYT Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. told staffers in a Dec. 19 memo that the move to paid editorial was mandatory for the paper to sustain itself digitally and noted that designers and NYT editors were working to ensure no confusion between sponsored content and reported news. Announced to start appearing this month, Sulzberger said advertorial will feature a “distinctive color bar, the words “Paid Post,” the relevant company logo, a different typeface and other design cues to let readers know exactly what they are looking at.”

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Is Journalism’s Loss, PR’s Gain?

It’s no secret that journalism jobs have been in decline for several years now, due to the combined effects of shrinking ad budgets, fading print publications and the advent of digital news.

25 on deadlineA recent Yahoo! Education story went one step further by naming reporter or correspondent jobs as “nearly extinct,” while PR specialist jobs continue to grow across nearly all industries.

Sadly, government statistics bear this out. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that journalism jobs have dropped by 25 percent since 2000. And, from 2010 to 2020, the BLS expects reporter or correspondent jobs to drop by yet another six percent. By contrast, in the last decade PR jobs have jumped by nearly 63 percent, and are expected to rise another 21 percent in the coming 10 years. Read more

Sports Journalism + Comics = A Win for the New York Times

tomatocanbluesWhat do you get when you merge stellar storytelling skills, the suspense of a blockbuster film, the narrative quality of a gripping crime magazine piece and vivid illustrations? The New York Times‘ latest experiment with multimedia reporting — “Tomato Can Blues.”

Wednesday morning when my Twitter feed starting blowing up with accolades about the long multimedia piece, which chronicles how an amateur cage fighter pretended to be dead in order to escape his circumstances (owing lots of money to scary, Mafia-related drug dealers, etc.), I knew I had to set aside some time to see what all this fuss was about.

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