The Pew Center for Excellence has issued its annual State of the News Media report, the most detailed look each year at trends in the United States. Some of the highlights: newspaper advertising continues to be a big revenue source; major digital organizations are investing in international news; the new money into the industry is more about building audiences than sustainable business models; social and mobile are changing the dynamics of journalism; new storytelling is a promise and a challenge; local TV is consolidating; and demographic shifts will see a stronger Hispanic media in years to come.
Editor Ben Richardson announced his resignation Tuesday from Bloomberg because, in his view, it had compromised its coverage of China. James Fallows of The Atlantic interviews Richardson, who provides a withering assessment of Bloomberg, a company he says is not acting in the best interests of its employees or the public. Dean Starkman of the Columbia Journalism Review reviews the impact of the controversy on the company.
Uganda has imposed fees to be a practicing journalist and introduced a code of ethics that restrict the ability of reporters to contact those who wish to be left alone. Journalists also may not glamorize crime or interview or take pictures of children at school. The code protects the constitutional right of privacy at home and in correspondence.