Margaret Sullivan, the public editor for The New York Times, follows up on a Gawker story earlier in the week that a TImes contributing blogger had demanded compensation from a public relations firm for mention in his You're The Boss blog. Sullivan finds there is much less than meets the eye, but in the process examines some of the slippery issues of blogger/PR relationship.
Eric Deggans, writing for Poynter, takes another look at the impact of the media self-examination on the issue of who is a journalist. This issue surfaced after Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald reported on leaks by former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden (at last word, still in a Russian airport figuring out which country will grant him asylum). Deggans argues that the work done, not the title, is the important thing. But he also believes that those who break the law need to face consequences.
Gawker chronicles the release of a secretly recorded discussion in the Sun newsroom with News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch in which he acknowledges his staff had been offering bribes to officials for stories. The reporters at the Sun were upset the company had provided police with internal communications information and Murdoch commits to support them however the court cases against them turn out.