Industry Blog #3

by davidamelotti

We are in the middle of the evolution in which we as a society acquire our news digitally rather than print as previous generations. That may seem lofty but it couldn’t be any closer to the truth as print papers become thinner and thinner and more journalists direct their attention towards online publications to enhance their personal portfolio and audience. With that in mind, maybe it seems like no surprise of another controversy occurring in the world of journalism, how do you pay the journalists? Naturally, it isn’t the owners of websites or paper asking that question but those actually gathering and distributing information.


In an age where profit is the game, more now than ever, there has to be a method that is efficient for both parties. In a blog post by editern entitled, “How Should Journalists Be Paid in the Digital Age?” it is made known that 10,000 Words contacted Coates Bateman, the executive direct of digital programming strategy at Forbes Media.

Some are of the mindset that audience side should determine pay but Bateman believes otherwise as, “Journalists and contributors who operate with integrity, transparency and understanding of the dynamics of an evolving medium will thrive even more so than their predecessors.” He also would mention that salary based on audience wouldn’t be idea for every publication structure.

There is not just one way to earn a living as a journalist and Andrew Sullivan is the example provided who left one website to develop his own, The Dish.

He has developed an audience of nearly 100,000 followers on twitter and has established himself as a money-making brand. It is the belief of Bateman in a final quote that social media is the next step for journalists to make progress and maybe a pay increase is the best method to enhance that ambition.

If you would like to read the article in its entire, you should click this handy link provided –  “How Journalists Should Be Paid In The Digital Age”

There will come a time for most journalists when they encounter a story that will have such an emotional pull that tears will be inevitable. A concern for many young journalists but also for experts, one in particular, former CBS correspondent Randall Pinkston who has over 30 years of experience on the front lines of reporting. Debora Wenger has written an article titled, “Correspondent talks about Coping Skills for Journalists.” Pinkston shared his experiences in an effort to encourage programs developing the next generation of journalists to provide coping skills that can aid a reporter after covering a traumatic event.

Pinkston shares insight about what CBS had done for reporters following 9/11. He insists that the individual needs to find other outlets to express their emotion. The temptation to use drugs or consume alcohol seems to be an easy get away for many but Pinkston urges one to converse with colleagues and not to have shame if therapy is needed.

Being an emotional eater is a real thing.

Being an emotional eater is a real thing.

If there is one lesson presented that seems most important it is the advice to not allow journalism overtake your entire life.

The final paragraph of the article clearly articulates alternative methods to remaining emotional balanced.  “You have to plan how to live your life other than journalism,” Pinkston said. “You need to exercise, maintain personal relationships – otherwise you’ll be on your laptop on the Web 24/7. It’s really easy for journalism to become your one and only thing. Having a life requires time management.”

Just click this link for the full article!

Being an emotional eater is a real thing.