In recent weeks concerns have grown about official China's treatment of foreign journalists. But the Foreign Correspondents Club based there today press credentials have been extended for Bloomberg News and for several correspondents for The New York Times, an indication of an easing of tensions. There were fears foreign correspondents would not be able to continue working in the country.
Which is not to say China's treatment of its own journalists is any better. The Guardian reports on a new ideology exam that domestic journalists must take starting next year. The test is based on an extensive textbook and is designed to prevent comments that run counter to the government position.
Another installment in the series of 2014 predictions for the Nieman Journalism Lab comes from Lauren Rabaino of the Seattle Times. She suggests next year will see greater contextualization of news: more depth in links attached to stories, more backgrounding, and greater technical use that marries to non-narrative structure.