As Edward Snowden tries to find asylum to avoid prosecution for revealing surveillance secrets, the Freedom of the Press Foundation argues U.S. journalism is spending too much time on him and not enough on his revelations. It uses metadata to demonstrate the fascination with Snowden and relative disinterest with the classified content. Outside of the U.S., though, the issues of surveillance are more widely explored.
Lewis DVorkin, the chief product officer for Forbes.com, rattles off a list of 18 new rules that form disruptive notions for digital media. By 2014, he says, "the press as you know it has ceased to exist. 20th century news organizations are an afterthought." Among other things, he says article pages will be irrelevant, there will be a business case for constantly rolling screens of content, and there will be a "new math" for journalism ("quality + quantity + variety = audience").
Jeff Bercovici, writing for Forbes.com, notes that the public relations giant Edelman is calling for an "ethical framework" for sponsored content online. Among its "ideals" to be pursued: disclosure, an opportunity for audience feedback, a continued commitment to earned media, continuous updating, no quid pro quo, a non-porous organizational divide between those place it and those who work with the journalists.