This Week’s Headlines: Politico Expanding, Time Offering iPad Subscriptions

First off, we couldn’t resist including a link to Poynter’s post about the journalist wage maps we published yesterday. (In case you haven’t noticed, we’re huge fans of the Poynter website so that was a nice coup for us.) Elsewhere in cyberspace: reporters, bloggers, and content writers were buzzing about a variety of other topics, including a scandal at the WSJ and news about Time Inc. subscriptions on the iPad. Here’s a look at this week’s top headlines in media and publishing:

  • Gina Chon resigns from Wall Street Journal after admitting affair with U.S. official: A Wall Street Journal reporter covering Iraq resigned from the paper this week after her relationship with an American official (President Obama’s nominee to be ambassador to Iraq) came to light. The Washington Post reports that the reporter did not divulge the relationship to the paper and violated company policy by sharing unpublished articles with him.
  • Politico to Expand Its Subscription Service: As print publications like The Times-Picayune reduce staff and page counts, Politico is actually expanding coverage of the economy and the military. In fact, the news outlet plans to hire 20 more writers and editors to beef up its subscription service Politico Pro.
  • Why your news organization’s social media policy may be illegal: A multimedia journalist at the Colorado Springs Gazette who was placed on “administrative leave” this week following a dispute over posting on Facebook illustrates the potential legal pitfalls of publications dictating employees’ social media use.
  • Apple, Time Inc. settle magazine subscription dispute: Time Inc. has reached an agreement with Apple that will enable readers to buy iPad subscriptions for 20 of Times’ magazine titles. Previously the company had been the last major holdout to iPad subscription plans, offering only single-issue versions of its magazines through the App Store.
  • iWitness filters Twitter and Flickr content by time and location: We saw several tweets this week about iWitness, a new web app that displays updates from Twitter and Flickr by time and location. Currently the app only runs on certain browsers (Chrome and Safari but not Firefox) but appears to have potential for reports looking for eyewitness accounts of events.

What’s on your radar this week? Hope all our readers have a great weekend!

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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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