David Carr's latest Media Equation column for The New York Times discusses how China "gets it wrong" and Britain "has lost its footing" on press freedom. The former has been threatening journalists reporting on corruption, the latter has been threatening journalists reporting on surveillance leaks. Rather than trying to prevent the press from doing its work, Carr suggests those countries would be better to address what that work has revealed.
The New York Times public editor, Margaret Sullivan, examines the challenges of reporting in China from a business perspective. Organizations have had to navigate the country's reluctance to open itself to press scrutiny. She notes the Times is still a family-owned business that continues to do business, with challenges that are unlikely to get easier.
The memo is in and the word is out: ESPN's on-air talent may not use the word "sucks." The JimRomenesko.com site snagged the note from senior executives at the network, a word that is "not appropriate" for the network.