Some stories of note for Tuesday, December 3, 2013:
The unpaid/lowly-paid intern is a fact in media. In recent months there have been more calls, and some litigation, to change the plight of those who work at rates below the minimum wage for organizations that are not without means. Charles Davis, writing for VICE, examines the liberal-leaning media and their traits as intern employers. He finds more than a little irony.
The New York Times looks at the emergence of public-backed investigative journalism and the announcement Monday of uncoverage.com. The site will field pitches from journalists and crowd-fund stories and topics. The site promises more serious coverage, not celebrity journalism.
A U.S. Federal Trade Commission workshop Wednesday will discuss more formally the ethical issues for consumers of native advertising. The gathering won't deliver any findings immediately but will hear from interest groups on how this content might mislead or confuse consumers. Rick Edmonds, writing for Poynter, sets up the gathering.