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  • How freelance journalists can (mostly) avoid working for free

    Imagine punching in and out for time spent on researching, interviews, and writing. Now imagine making nothing or next to nothing for that time. Welcome to the minefield of freelance journalism in the age of the Internet.

    Most journalism outlets use some combination of salaried, contract, freelance, intern, and sometimes what is called a “citizen journalist”, “user-generated content” or some other term that means unpaid work.
    “Like many modern media outlets, we’re not completely exploiting everyone, but we are exploiting someone,” wrote Cord Jefferson in 2013 for Gawker of that publication’s practices.

    How-To-Submit-A-Guest-Post---ForbesAt Forbes, some contributors are not paid, while others get a flat monthly fee and bonuses for good traffic. One of those contributors, Susannah Breslin, opines that her flat-fee-incentive-based work for Forbes is normal. Read more

  • Reader’s Digest parent company bets its life on hearth-and-home, wholesome audience

    trustedmedia-740Bonnie Kintzer has had plenty of experience as a publishing consultant and executive as well as earning a Harvard MBA degree. Still, when she signed on as CEO in April 2014 to turn around the twice-bankrupt Reader’s Digest Association, it may have looked from the outside like Mission Impossible.

    “I came in with my eyes fully open,” Kintzer said, beginning a progress-report phone interview earlier this month. While not yet achieving fabulous financials, Kintzer now has in place a new executive team, new digital strategies and a much expanded digital audience.

    In late September, after more than a year’s preparation, the company took a plunge and rebranded. Reader’s Digest, the magazine, is still Reader’s Digest.  But the venerable Reader’s Digest Association has been rechristened Trusted Media Brands Inc. Read more

  • How the media blew reporting the Chicago cop’s shooting of a teen
    Jamie Kalven, who led the way on disclosures in the police shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Screenshot via YouTube)

    Jamie Kalven, who led the way on disclosures in the police shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Screenshot via YouTube)

    The video has now been seen around the world, sparking outrage and a rare first-degree murder charge against a Chicago police officer.

    The tale of Laquan McDonald, the dead teenager, is one that operates on many important social, cultural and political levels. But it also provides a window onto a frequent staple of dreary daily journalism across the country: uncritical reporting on shootings and killings that can verge on lapdog journalism.

    It’s thus important to know that quite apart from the editorial indignation now being expressed, key disclosures in the case did not come from mainstream media outlets. Yes, they reported on the original shooting, but in a mostly skimpy, pro forma way that proved a bulletin board for the initial claims of police. Read more

Glor named weekend anchor at CBS Print
Written by Lou Gulino   
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 23:07

Former WSTM-TV staffer Jeff Glor has been promoted to the anchor desk at CBS News. Glor will serve as the anchor of the Saturday Edition of the CBS Evening News.  Glor worked at WSTM from 1997 to 2003.   Interestingly he will go head to head at the anchor desk with former WTVH  anchor David Muir, who anchors World News Saturday for ABC. 

Here is the official release from CBS News:

Jeff Glor has been named anchor of the Saturday edition of he CBS EVENING NEWS, it was announced today by Sean McManus, President,
CBS News and Sports. The appointment is effective immediately. Glor will continue as a National Correspondent reporting for all CBS News broadcasts.         

 "With his outstanding coverage of breaking news, politics and human interest stories, Jeff has been a valuable addition to our already
impressive group of correspondents," said McManus.  "He is a smart, dedicated reporter who has proven his versatility and talent both in the
field and in the anchor chair." 

Glor has been the National Correspondent for THE EARLY SHOW since March 2007 and has served as substitute anchor for the CBS EVENING NEWS. While at CBS News, Glor has covered many major domestic and international news stories, including President Obama's Inauguration,  Campaign '08, the war in Iraq, the crash of US Air Flight 1549, the  Beijing Olympic Games, the Republican National Convention and the Papal visit.  In May 2008, Glor traveled cross-country for the CBS News "Eye on the Road" series.          

Before joining CBS News, Glor served as the weekend evening news anchor and a weekday reporter for WHDH-TV in Boston, where he reported on the Pope's death from Rome and the hearings on steroid use in Major League Baseball from Washington, D.C.

Jeff Glor was born in Buffalo, N.Y.  He was graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University in 1997 with a degree in journalism
from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in economics from the College of Arts and Sciences. 

"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."
--Thomas Jefferson

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Don Edwards


Club President: 1965

The road to success for Don Edwards started in a small southern Ohio village and led to the general manager job at a major Syracuse television station, and later to the top job in the broadcast journalism department at Syracuse University's Newhouse School.
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