Examining the precarious nature of freelance journalism

by IJNet
Sep 12, 2014 in Data Journalism

The risks of freelancing, journalists leaving traditional media organizations and more are found in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.

Here are IJNet's picks from this week's stories:

The dangerous world of freelance journalism

James Foley and Steven Sotloff, the two journalists recently beheaded on video by members of the militant group Islamic State, had a number of things in common. They both cared deeply about the Middle East and believed that stories from the region needed telling. They were intelligent and brave. And they were both freelancers. (Los Angeles Times, 9/6)

News disrupters

Who needs a boss anymore? The latest vogue in journalism is to leave cushy jobs at established news organizations—or else establish an autonomous power center within one. (Vanity Fair, 9/10)

A case for old-school values in a click-driven journalism landscape

A few months ago, noted investor Marc Andreessen proclaimed his bullish-ness about the state of the news industry, predicting it would grow 100 times. It was a nervy claim to make, in a time when snackable content is all the rage and virality is the most coveted status in media. (PBS MediaShift, 9/10)

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