Perils of freelancing: Freelancers are sharing rates and organizing as the pools of available money dwindles, writes Elizabeth King.
“Even in non-unionized workplaces, employees are legally protected if they want to discuss their pay with colleagues,” she writes, but it is considered risky or taboo.
Fairness first: Margaret Sullivan calls for a new approach to covering the Trump administration.
“First, we need to abandon neutrality-at-all-costs journalism, to replace it with something more suited to the moment,” she writes.
Newspaper with drinks: The Big Bend Sentinel in Texas opens a cafe and cocktail bar in its office building for revenue, writes Sasha von Oldershausen.
A way to get new leads and find stories, says the managing editor.
Ex-journalist backs pol: Sam Donaldson ruffled some journalists by backing Mike Bloomberg, writes Paul Farhi.
Though Donaldson is retired, is that unethical?
Interviewing ordinary people: There is a host of ethical dilemmas, writes Luke Verdecchia, based on an interview with author Ruth Palmer, writing about the risks of being interviewed.
Pols pitching paper: The New Orleans Advocate used local politicians in television ads for the paper. A bad idea says our ethicist. From the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists archives.
Hollywood female reporters: They don’t take notes and will do anything for a story, writes Elizabeth Spadaccini about an interview with Sophie Gilbert at the Center for Journalism Ethics.
“While it might make dramatic TV, it’s an inaccurate depiction of both the ethical code and the process of journalism,” writes Spadaccini.
Believing election results: Pew Research Center finds Americans who get most of their political news on social media display less confidence in the public’s acceptance of election results, regardless of the winner, than those who mostly get this news in other ways such as cable TV, news sites or print newspapers, write Mark Jurkowitz and Amy Mitchell.
Sleep whispering: Listeners value calming sleepcasts that make them snooze, but not podcasts, writes Nicholas Quah.
“The question that needs to be asked is: Why will people pay for Calm but not for the premium tier in a podcast app?” he writes.
Obscene comics: Artist Michael Diana is the first cartoonist in U.S. history to be jailed for obscenity, writes Meagan Damore.
Diana was sentenced in 1994 to prison, probation, community service and told to take a journalism ethics course, get a psychological exam, draw nothing obscene and avoid minors. He says public attitudes changed since the mid-1990s.