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✍️ Journalism Jobs and Media News Update ✍️ — September 5
Hundreds of new journalism jobs and internships, media news roundup, referral program
Hello folks, and welcome to another Tuesday edition of Inside The Newsroom. I’m writing from Helsinki where I’ve spent the past few days immersing myself in Finnish culture, which for me has consisted of eating large amounts of fish and sitting in saunas. It seems to be a humbly simple country, though I don’t think I could deal with the 176 days of rain each year.
Finland aside, I’m noticing a slight dip in the number of jobs the past couple of weeks, but that’s normal for this time of the year as folks return to the office after the summer slowdown. I expect this to correct itself within the next few weeks.
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In media news this week, we look at the student newspaper front page making headlines around the world, CNN’s new boss, English football broadcasting rights, Charter Communications’ admission that cable TV isn’t working, and what happens when news organizations empower their interns.
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Daily Tar Heel Shooter Lockdown Front Page
The Daily Tar Heel, the independent student newspaper at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, made headlines for its moving front page the day after the campus was locked down due to an active shooter. It even received a tweet from U.S. President Joe Biden. Editor-in-chief, Emmy Martin, and print managing editor, Caitlyn Yaede, knew they couldn't run their planned preview of the upcoming football season. What they came up with was a stroke of genius that perfectly captured the grueling emotions of the day. Few can imagine what it’s like to have to continue on under the most traumatic of circumstances, but the DTH folks are nothing but a huge inspiration.
CNN Announces New Boss
CNN has finalized the appointment of former BBC and New York Times boss, Mark Thompson. Thompson becomes the network’s third chief in just the past 20 months, after internal turmoil and sagging TV ratings have plagued the organization. Thompson started at the BBC as an editorial trainee more than four decades ago, and rose to lead the organization for eight years. Upon his departure from the Times, the company had 10 times as many subscriptions as when he started, and is credited for adding products that fit in with its readers’ lifestyles and only a newspaper. CNN poses a different challenge, with CNN’s core platform increasingly being replaced by streaming and short-term content.
English Premier League Broadcast Rights
The English Premier League has steadily become the richest sports league in the world, with only the NFL and the Indian Premier League (cricket) grossing more revenue per game. As the sun sets on another summer transfer window, EPL clubs spent an eye-watering £2 billion on players, triple the amount spent by Italian Serie A teams who came in second place. While the EPL’s current broadcast deal won’t expire until the end of 2025, talk has already started of just how much companies will pay to show games beyond that.
What's interesting is that the EPL’s international broadcast revenue has slowly caught up with its domestic rights: between 2004-2007, the EPL brought in domestically almost eight times that of it did for the rest of the world, it's current deal that ends in 2025 is virtually even, and now it's new deal is set to see the international broadcast market take a considerable lead for the first time. Not only are there more viewers outside of the UK, international broadcasters aren't limited by the UK’s 3pm blackout restrictions, which have been in place since 1960 to prevent an evaporation of fans attending games in lower divisions. Something to keep an eye on going forward is how broadcasters grapple with an industry-wide problem of transitioning from traditional TVs to streaming.
Cable Company Says Cable TV Not Working
Charter Communications, one of the largest cable companies in the U.S., said in a presentation to investors that cable TV has become too expensive and the business model needs to be fixed or abandoned altogether. The comments come amidst a tense stalemate in negotiations with Disney over payments to carry its channels that include ESPN. “If ESPN is permanently gone from Charter, there will be a massive snowball effect that is catastrophic for traditional TV companies,” Richard Greenfield, a media analyst for LightShed Partners, said in an interview with The New York Times. In the meantime, all the largest players in the market are running at breakneck speed to build up valuable streaming products to take them into the next era of consuming TV.
Star Tribune Entrusts Interns With Vision of Future
We end today with a powerful feature written by former Minneapolis Star Tribune intern, Sydney Lewis, for the Reynolds Journalism Institute. As part of her recent internship with the newspaper, her cohort was asked to present their vision for the future of the company, and what they came up with was revolutionary from how to increase reader revenue to boost subscriber retention. As Lewis states, it's not easy for reporting interns to simultaneously become product strategists, but if you give interns, or employees at any stage of their career stage for that matter, the room to run, it's remarkable what the outcomes can be.
That’s all for today. See you again on Friday for another update to our Journalism Awards, Events and Fellowship Deadlines Calendar. 👋