The Committee to Protect Journalists has issued its year-end report on the dangers of reporting worldwide and it identifies Syria, Iraq and Egypt as the most deadly countries for journalists. Some 70 journalists have been killed in 2013, with the Syrian civil war at the root of some 29 deaths in the year. The continuing Iraqi bloodshed and the political tumult in Egypt are also responsible for journalist deaths.
The New York Times, a giant media outlet, looks at how hobbyists are keeping afloat smaller media, specifically magazines that are keen chroniclers of pastimes. It notes that the business models of these publications depend on the dedication of their editors and readers to constant support to preserve them.
Dan Gillmor, in a year-end piece for The Guardian's Comment is Free, expresses optimism about the year ahead. While it is true that some larger media face challenges, even dissolution, the world is awash with start-ups and investigative entities that hold great promise for journalism. Even if every major organization were to disappear, he says, journalism would not.