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This Week’s Headlines: NYT Paywall, Mike Daisey Drama

Research on financial journalists and the state of news media released this week offered insights into the current state of the business. Meanwhile, The New York Times announced changes to its paywall and the controversy surrounding Mike Daisey’s retracted “This American Life” story ages on.

  • Sebastian Junger Launches Medical Training Program For Freelance Journalists In War Zones: The friend and colleague of a photojournalist who died in Libya is launching Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC) to provide emergency medical training to freelancers in war zones with the hope of preventing similar tragedies in the future.
  • New York Times moves paywall to 10 articles per month: Starting in April, nonsubscribers will have access to 10 online articles a month instead of the current 20. A Times spokesperson anticipates that this move will have minimal impact on page views.
  • Mike Daisey speaks out against media in Apple controversy: Last week, “This American Life” retracted a story that included parts of Mike Daisey’s solo stage show about Apple’s relationship with Chinese factory workers. The public radio show accused Daisey of fabricating parts of his show and lying to producers about fact-checkers, but Daisey has fired back that the media’s priorities are skewed.
  • 2012 Gorkana Survey of Financial Journalists: This survey found that financial journalists and website copywriting services are cautiously optimistic about the U.S. economy and the future outlook of the profession. The survey also offers insights on the news outlets and PR professionals considered to be the most credible.
  • Pew Research Center’s State of the News Media 2012: No surprise to us, but key findings from this annual report found that the explosion of new mobile platforms and social media channels have proved essential for news organizations. The report also highlighted the rise of tech giants like Google, Apple, and Facebook and how these companies are changing the online advertising space.
About Susan Johnston

Susan Johnston is a Boston-based freelance writer whose work appears in Bankrate.com, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, MediaBistro.com, Parade Magazine, and SELF, among other places. She is the author of The Urban Muse Guide to Online Writing Markets and blogs at The Urban Muse.

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