Journalism is a dicey career these days. To read some of the journalism-focused blogs, options are limited as traditional news outlets continue to shed staff while seaching for revenue. You can try to make it as a blogger (a path down which Garry Trudeau has been led his Doonesbury reporter, Rick Redfern). You can freelance. You can join the PR ranks. For a lot of reporters, that last choice also entails, in the view of some reporters, shedding your journalistic ethics. Once you were a watchdog of the public’s interests; now you’re a shill for businesses with fat bank accounts.
Companies released more study and survey results than usual this week, providing plenty of fodder for the Friday Wrap. There were also announcements, court verdicts, and other news to fuel the weekly rundown of interesting and important items from the past week. If you’re interested in seeing all the items from which I chose the Wrap’s contents, head on over to my link blog at LinksFromShel.tumblr.com.
Get ready for a new PR crisis: pay-ratio disclosure could outrage stakeholders
When discussing the disparity between the highest and lowest-paid people in a company, the pay ratio is the most commonly cited metric. A CEO who earns only Read More »
Friday Wrap #63: Crisis fail, WeChat surge, mobile news snacking, preference for keyboards, and more
(c) Can Stock PhotoDuring the week The New York Times went down and The Washington Post was hacked, one is left to wonder whether these online news services might have been well served with an unhackable analog backup. Maybe a print version? All kidding aside, the Times simply shifted its news publication to Facebook, using the Facebook Notes tool to keep readers informed, mainly about the turmoil in Egypt, until the official site came back online. There was, of course, other news during the week. The stories I found most interesting—and which were easily missed—make up this week’s Wrap. By the way, there won’t be a Wrap next week. Read More »
The Friday Wrap is a review of some of the posts and news items from the last week that I found particularly interesting—and that you may have missed amidst other stories that got bigger play. I select these stories from a pool of items I collect during the week at LinksFromShel.tumblr.com, which you’re welcome to peruse. It’s the same collection from which I draw stories to report on For Immediate Release, the podcast I co-host with Neville Hobson.
Now you can embed Facebook posts
You can do it with tweets, YouTube videos and Instagram photos, but until this week, you couldn’t do it with Facebook posts. Now, hoping to spread Facebook Read More »
Developments in the still inchoate world of native advertising have rendered Google’s policies problematic. Initially well-intentioned, Google’s heels-dug-in position could result in keeping people from finding the relevant, valuable content they’re looking for.
Google’s position has been clear for years: Content that has been paid for needs to be nofollowed to keep it from passing PageRank. Articles and posts that violate the policy could lead Google to penalize the site. Google reinforced the policy just last month, though, updating its official policy document to include native advertising (along with guest-posting campaigns).Read More »
In the era of the 140-character news cycle, 20th-century approval processes are a recipe for failure
I woke up this morning to reports of a couple news stories breaking when I went to bed last night. First was the seizure of a North Korean ship by Panama, whose president, Richardo Martinelli, shared evidence that supported his country’s claim that the rogue state was trying to sneak missile parts through the canal in violation of United Nations sanctions. Martinelli shared the evidence in a tweet.
Material venia escondido en contenedores bajo un cargamento de azucar pic.twitter.com/x1OqI7SOhX— Ricardo Martinelli (@rmartinelli) July 16, 2013
Last night at dinner, I also heard from my Canadian friends about Prime Minister Stephen Read More »