Ellyn Angelotti, writing for Poynter, thoroughly examines the new U.S. Department of Justice guidelines that aim to ease the government's intersection with journalists in investigations. Rather than use law enforcement tools to seek information from journalists routinely, there now must be extraordinary circumstances to prevent their newsgathering activities. Angelotti identifies several attributes that improve conditions for journalists, but also notes there will be times that the hand of the law reaches in. The new guidelines arrive after considerable attention on surveillance practices and government efforts to compel journalists to divulge sources.
Thomas Rose, writing for J-Source, notes what might be a growing trend in Canada for authorities to issue "production orders" by courts that compel journalists to surrender material obtained in their newsgathering. The practice undermines journalism, Rose writes, and risks public trust of its independence.
Rick Edmonds, also writing for Poynter, delves into a Newspaper Association of America report suggests more than half of readers are print-only consumers. While digital audiences grow, the mainstay of the paper's reach is ink-on-paper. Mobile-only audiences are quite small, the report notes.