Category Archives: Media

Shooting And Mental Health

Where are the mental health stories? asks Meg Kissinger.

“The truth is we’ve effectively abandoned the public mission to care for people with mental illness in this country,” she writes, and lists ideas for every reporter to consider.

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Profiling Killers Or Victims?

Profiling killers or victims?

Russell Frank writes that mental health professionals urge journalists to focus less on the perpetrators of shooting rampages and more on the victims.

“The question that arises with every mass shooting is whether these instant illustrated profiles of the killers do more harm than good,” he writes.

Embedding And Linking Challenged

Embedding and linking challenged: Eriq Gardner says a judge’s surprising decision on the use of a Tom Brady photo could disrupt the way news outlets use Twitter.

“Many of these cases involved some application of the so-called ‘server test,’ where the direct liability of a website publisher for copyright infringement turns on whether the image is hosted on the publisher’s own server or is embedded or linked from a third party server,” he writes.

Paying For Photojournalism

Paying for photojournalism: Visual journalists say the value of their work and legal rights to distribute their photos often are not recognized.

Brush up on the National Press Photographers Association code of ethics, they say, and use it as a guideline in your newsrooms.

Philanthropy Supports News Companies

Philanthropy becomes a larger part of revenue streams for newspapers and news companies, writes David Westphal.

“Until recently, it was unthinkable that newspapers would become major recipients of charitable subsidies,” he writes. “But as newsroom layoffs continue with no apparent end, increasingly they are seeking philanthropic support, and the nonprofit word is delivering.”

 

Making Money In The News Business

Making money in the news business: The Tow Center for Digital Journalism offers a guide “to grow their revenue by deepening interactions with their audiences.”

It “isn’t about premiums, tote bags, mugs or local business discounts,” says the report.

Journalism attracts an audience “when they want want to be part of the larger cause that the news organization represents or when they think it represents something unique in the world.”