Tag: freelance journalists

by Andrew Ford Lyons

The following is a guest post. See more information about MediaShift guest posts here. In this post I’m going to bang on a rather popular drum: Journalists need to know how encryption works … and use it. It’s a statement that’s common among digital security experts. The Rory Peck Trust, where I work, focuses on freelancers, [...] more »

by Jose Gonzalez

The death of Canadian freelance photographer Ali Mustafa while documenting the Syrian civil war illustrates the persistent problem of the safety of journalists in the country and, increasingly, the particular threats faced by freelance journalists reporting in one of the most dangerous locations on the planet. Much of the reporting that has come out of Syria in recent months [...] more »

by Carlos Cabrera

In light of the recent protests in Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela, it’s more important than ever to revisit how freelance journalists can protect themselves. When all is calm, a freelance journalist’s mind is constantly thinking of story ideas. Evergreen features, investigations and life-long obsessions churn in your brain. You’re pitching and waiting. Waiting and then [...] more »

by Julie Keck

Note: MediaShift’s Daily Must Reads will be on hiatus between Monday, December 23, 2013, and Friday, January 3, 2014. We’ll be back with new Must Reads on Monday, January 6, 2014. To keep up with new MediaShift and Idea Lab posts over the break, sign up for our PBS MediaShift Daily and the PBS Idea [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. The secret power of Black Twitter (BuzzFeed) 2. Vatican offers ‘time off purgatory’ to followers of Pope Francis tweets (Guardian) 3. Netflix dominates speculation over Emmy Awards (NYT) 4. Dish opens up the Hopper DVR to help developers build smarter, more useful TV apps (The Verge) 5. Google pitches online TV service to media [...] more »

by Eric Mark Do

Toronto-based freelance reporter Naheed Mustafa always paid her own way when she reported from abroad. But that meant that about 70 percent to 80 percent of what she earned went straight toward paying for the costs of traveling. Most news organizations don’t reimburse freelancers for travel costs, and the ones that do don’t offer a [...] more »

by Lily Leung

The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Lily Leung.1. Journal Register likely to reduce print to three days a week at some papers (Poynter) 2. Six ventures bring data to the public as winners of Knight News Challenge (Knight Foundation) 3. New USA Today website inspired by iPad design (Poynter) [...] more »