A Senate committee is expected to approve today wording that expands the definition of a journalist under the proposed shield law. Dylan Byers, writing for Politico, says the amendment would define a journalist as anyone who has been employed by or in contract with a media outlet for at least one year within the last 20 years or three months within the last five years. It would include someone with a substantial track record of freelancing in the last five years. It would include student journalists. And, most important of all, it would permit a judge to deem someone a journalist for protection, as long as their work had been consistent with the law.
BuzzFeed is one of digital media's most successful organizations and one way it encourages public engagement is to permit audience content to make its way on to the site. But it has introduced new roles for its "community posts" to govern submissions by groups using its self-publishing tools. Jeff John Roberts, writing for paidContent, notes the changes differentiate community contributions and make clear there are standards for the content.
The editor-in-chief of IBN18 network in India laments the decline of journalistic standards and believes there needs to be a code of conduct backed by a regulatory authority to restore the craft's moral compass. Rajdeep Sardesai says there is quantity but not quality in Indian media and too little training and mentoring of young journalists. He blames editors for compromises in integrity.
The American Press Institute offers 10 tips for understanding and expanding audiences. Among them: Target segments by time of day, build social presences around topics, focus on quality instead of quantity, and one size fits no one.