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✍️ Journalism Jobs and Media News Update ✍️ — September 12
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Hello folks, happy Tuesday! Today we have another bumper newsletter for you, with more than 400 new journalism jobs and internships added to the board over the weekend, as well as some thought-provoking news from the world of media.
We look into when it’s appropriate for journalists to get involved in the story; the $500 million pledged donation to local news; how and why media and politics are obsessed with age; the latest landmark legislation announced by the EU to crackdown on Big Tech; and why it’s important to invest in your newsroom work culture.
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When Is It Appropriate For a Journalist To Get Involved In a Story?
It’s a question as old as time and likely something all journalists will encounter at some point in their careers. But how can journalists balance how much they help without violating the unwritten rule of not becoming part of the story? Well, while covering the carnage caused by the recent Hurricane Idalia, Douglas Soule, a USA Today Network First Amendment reporter, and Alicia Devine, a Tallahassee Democrat photographer, ran into that very predicament. After spotting smoke and tracing it to a house, they grabbed a trash can, filled it with water from a nearby river and joined a group of people attempting to put the fire out.
Writing later in the Tallahassee Democrat, their colleague Ana Goñi-Lessan wrote something that really stuck out to me: “As journalists, it’s our job to show others what is happening, to document the immediate history of events. Historically, journalism ethics taught us to stay out of the way and to not get involved while we’re reporting. But in some cases, in the moment, journalism can’t help. And journalism wasn’t going to help put out a house fire near the Suwannee River.”
Some other famous examples of journalists rightly crossing the line include South African journalist Kevin Carter chasing a looming vulture away from a Sudanese child who’d collapsed due to starvation, and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper rescuing a young Haitian boy from the middle of a looting that turned violent.
Press Forward Pledges $500 million To Local News
There was some good news last week as Press Forward, a coalition of 22 foundations whose goal is “to catalyze a local news renaissance that will reshape the local news landscape” pledged $500 million to address the local news crisis in the U.S. The donation will fund grants to “help build shared tools, provide resources to diverse outlets and those in historically underserved areas, and invest in nonpartisan public policy development that advances access to news and information,” according to The New York Times. This comes after a recent report by the University of Chicago said there had been a large increase in journalism grant making over the past five years. But Nieman Lab’s Sophie Culpepper questions whether this latest half a billion dollars is a big-enough Band-aid to cure all of local news’ ailments.
EU Digital Market Act
The EU is once again leading the way with regards to protecting consumers against Big Tech exploiting and selling personal data. Brussels has released its list of so-called digital “gatekeeper” services, run by six of the biggest tech companies in the world, namely Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, Microsoft and TikTok owner ByteDance. “Gatekeeper” status applies when a service has more than 45 million monthly active users and more than 10,000 yearly active business users in the EU.
As part of the Digital Markets Act, one of the toughest pieces of legislation that aims to create a more open and fairer competitive market, firms will receive fines of up to 10% of global revenue for violations, and up to 20% for repeat offenders. My hope now is that more countries outside of the EU will adopt similarly tough rules, ultimately protecting and benefiting consumers worldwide.
Politics Is Old and So Are News Consumers
A super interesting piece in the Columbia Journalism Review looked at how aging politicians — Joe Biden is the oldest U.S. President ever at 80, and his main rival Donald Trump is 77 — is shaping news coverage. According to FiveThirtyEight, the U.S. Congress has never been older, with the median ages of the Senate and House now at 65 and 58, respectively. Unfortunately, these stats mean media coverage is also obsessed with age, and has become an additional tenet of identity politics alongside race.
Republican presidential candidate frontrunner Nikki Haley, 51, has called for competency tests for politicians over 75, and fellow candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, 38, has said the country needs a new generation to lead it. So, expect to see an election cycle that has age at the forefront, while actual policy gets tossed to the side once again.
Invest In Newsroom Work Culture
We finish today on a very important and insightful piece by Jennifer Mizgata for the Reynolds Journalism Institute on why newsrooms must invest in better work culture to get the best of their number one resource: its people. She tells the story of how one of the journalists she coaches slept under her desk overnight in order to maximize her time to complete all of her work, and how time after time, news not only breaks headlines but also its people.
Jennifer’s new online self-paced program will “share tools to create new policies and programs, provide examples from other organizations and insights that shift how leaders think about work culture — and will help those at all levels in news organizations better express just how crucial it is that work culture is fixed.” Even as my own boss, I’ll be checking it out in hope of picking up a couple of things to make my own workday a little easier.