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Pew Research Compares Reporter, PR Specialist Salaries in 2013 vs. 2004

U.S. Coins and Paper MoneyBased on 2013 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Pew Research Center analyzed journalism and public relations salaries last year compared to 2004 as well as the number of individuals in those professions.

“In 2013, according to BLS data, public relations specialists earned a median annual income of $54,940 compared with $35,600 for reporters,” wrote Alex Williams, a Google Journalism Fellow at the Pew Research Center, on Monday.

That number equates to reporters earning 65 cents for every dollar earned by PR practitioners in 2013, down compared to 71 cents earned by journalists in 2004.

In terms of how many persons are full- or part-time employees in each respective profession, for every 1 reporter, in 2013 there were 4.6 PR specialists, up from 3.2 in 2004.

For more on the findings, click on over to the Pew Research Center’s Fact Tank.

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CNN’s Jake Tapper Speaks to WSJ Reporter in Gaza on Strike that Left 4 Children Dead

On this afternoon’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” the CNN host spoke over the phone with The Wall Street Journal’s Middle East correspondent Nick Casey for what proved to be a very intense interview.

Casey was located near where a recent strike took place in Gaza that left several dead, including four children.

“Their names were Ismail, Mohammed, Zw-Karia, and Ahed,” Tapper said during the program. “They were 8 years old, 10, 10, and 11. One moment they were playing soccer on a beach. The next, they were dead. Forget for a moment what you think of Hamas or the Netanyahu government. Forget the questions you have about the tactics or the prospects of peace. Just think for one second about four little boys going to the beach to play soccer and being killed. Killed by the Israeli Military…And while you’re thinking of these Palestinian boys, maybe also take a moment to think about the Israeli children killed by Palestinian terrorists in this conflict. Say for instance, the kidnapped three teenage boys, one of them with American citizenship. Is there room in your heart for all seven of these boys, Jewish and Palestinian alike?”

See Tapper’s interview with Casey, below.

Hearst Television’s Hallie Jackson to Join NBC News as Network Correspondent

HallieJacksonAn internal note from NBC News SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi announced that Hearst Television’s Hallie Jackson will join the network as a correspondent. Jackson covered political and national events in Washington, D.C. for 26 Hearst affiliates since 2012.

Verdi highlighted her ability to work in digitally-integrated environments across platforms in his memo to staff, after the jump.

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CQ Roll Call Launches Healthopolis to Cover Health News in Congress and Fed Agencies

Healthopolis_1-2CQ Roll Call today announced the launch of its fourth Policy Pulse blog Healthopolis, to be led by Paul Jenks, author of CQ HealthBeat’s ‘Morning Take’ since 2007. The new vertical will cover health news in Congress, federal agencies, and elsewhere.

Healthopolis joins The Container, Five By Five and Technocrat on the Policy Pulse roster.

NBC News Team Safe and Unharmed After Caught in Crossfire in East Jerusalem Today

niPSLRwgAn NBC News team including foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin was caught in crossfire today in East Jerusalem. Mohyeldin is a former desk assistant at the NBC News DC bureau and a graduate of American University.

He posted video of rubber bullets fired and stun grenades thrown in the direction of Palestinian protesters and his team wearing gear labeled ‘press’ by Israeli forces to Instagram. NBC reports that Mohyeldin and his team are safe and unharmed. Read more

Local News Now Plans Hyperlocal Vertical for DC

1392014673219The publisher of ARLnow.com, BethesdaNow.com and RestonNow.com announced plans to launch a new local news website aimed for hyperlocal coverage of DC. Like the other sites within its brand, it will cover business, crime, and neighborhood news.

While its other local sites are successful for their locations, the new vertical will have lots of competition, specifically from InTheCapital.com, which launched just over two years ago and has a staff of 10+. Not to mention The Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, and a plethora of hyperlocal DC blogs.

Regardless, Local News Now LLC is looking for someone with two years of local news reporting experience, photography and photo editing skills, and a familiarity of social media.

One perk: “We believe in work-life balance and in a five-day work week — you will not be asked to work nights or weekends except in the event of breaking news or an especially important neighborhood meeting or event.”

For more, click here.

What the Washingtonian Wants from a Personal Essay

magazines_articleIn part three of our four-part Personal Essay Markets series, we spoke with editors from 15 different mags to get the details on what they’re looking for in a personal essay.

Here, an editor from the Washingtonian shares his advice on pitching the pub’s “First Person” section:

Washingtonian – “First Person”
The back-page essay in this magazine should have a Washington, D.C., angle, and it’s best if the writer lives in or has lived in the area. Past examples include an essay by a 15-year-old heart transplant recipient about meeting her donor family, and a piece by a public defender about how she does work that many find indefensible.
Length: 600 words
Pay: $1 a word
Assigning editor: Bill O’Sullivan, BOSULLIVAN at WASHINGTONIAN dot COM
O’Sullivan’s advice: “Get in fast — 600 words isn’t much space, so you have to set up your story quickly. Be sure you have something to say (an essay as opposed to an anecdote) and fill it with as many specific details and mini anecdotes as possible. Keep in mind that this is a story, not an opinion piece.”

For more, including similar details about Working Mother, read: Personal Essay Markets, Part III.

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Afternoon Lede Check, 3.18.14

A man was shot and killed when he fires on officers; the U.S. suspends consular relations with Syria; and a Navy Yard review suggests DOD handed out too many security clearances.

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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CNN’s Arwa Damon Receives Oxfam Award

Tonight, CNN’s Arwa Damon will be at the Newseum in downtown DC to collect Oxfam America’s first ever “Right the Wrong” Award. The award comes as Damon returns from a reporting stint in Turkey, where she has been covering anti-government protests. But for the past few weeks, Damon has been been covering a much more dangerous beat -the civil war in Syria. Indeed, Oxfam is recognizing her tonight for her “fearless reporting on conflict and humanitarian disasters in Syria.” (A great example of which can be found here.)

“It is a bit surreal,” she says of the contrast between the chaos of a war zone and the pomp of an awards ceremony.

“I am more comfortable being out there, dirt under my nails, amongst it all. But of course it’s phenomenally flattering and I think it does serve as a platform to highlight all the issues that we are covering out there.”

Damon is perhaps uniquely suited to cover the war for CNN -she is the quadrilingual, half-American granddaughter of former Syrian Prime Minister Muhsin al-Barazi. He was deposed and executed in 1949 during one the coups that wracked the early days of the independent Syrian state. She grew up in Morocco and Turkey, graduated from Skidmore College in New York, and began her career shortly after 9/11. At the time, she was working at a Turkish textile company, but in the face of the anti-Arab backlash taking hold of the country, she decided to dedicate her life to a higher purpose than hawking robes and carpets.

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