Emma Beals, writing from Syria for VICE, reports on the underlying fear among journalists there about kidnappings and danger. She notes that the heightened violence has made reporting there harder, made reporting on the ground nearly impossible, and that journalists are disappearing in increasing numbers in the country.
The new owner of the Washington Post, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, says he hasn't got the answers to what ails the newspaper industry. But he hopes to usher a new "golden age" into the operation with a focus on three things that made Amazon successful: the customer (in this case, the reader), inventiveness and patience. Bezos, who is paying $250 million for the Post, visits it later this week for the first time as owner.
David Carr, in his latest Media Equation column for The New York Times, examines campaign journalism in the Twitter era. He notes the failure of the Mitt Romney campaign and the success of Barack Obama's to deal with Twitter- and Instagram-ready smartphones in the hands of journalists on the trail. Carr concludes the implications for journalism might include fascination with technology at the expense of true reporting.