June 13, 2014

• You made a difference in May; help one more time with Vietnam Veterans project

• In Utah lobbyists can’t lie to legislators; is the reverse true though?

• Take a break and try your hand at newspaper cartoon test

• West Kentucky media invite McConnell and Grimes to debate

• Pew study confirms decline in statehouse reporting

• Nominations open for Tom/Pat Gish and Al Smith awards

• Interested in staffing a trade show booth at ‘Manure’ Convention?

 

Faces Never Forgotten: With your help the Vietnam Memorial has made some progress

Right at two months ago, I used space in On Second Thought to write about the Faces Never Forgotten effort, a project of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation. http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/ At the time, there were 566 Kentucky soldiers who were killed in Vietnam whose picture had not been made available to the Wall of Faces. You’ve helped make progress but I hope you’ll give it another shot and remind your readers about the project. As of yesterday, 77 photos had been submitted by your readers. Still 489 of the 1,060 soldiers have the “soldier default” artwork showing on their memorial. Here is an updated list of the soldiers whose picture is missing. Kentucky Missing Photos Again, it’s alphabetical by county so it will be easy for you to find the ones from your county and ask your readers again to help. They went to school with the soldier, they know a relative or might be a relative, they know someone who knows the family or knew the soldier. Seek their help and give them information on how to submit photos. Soon after I published that article in On Second Thought, the Georgetown News Graphic ran a story about

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Scott County soldiers. And a family member of the one I was inducted with in February, 1968, Everette Bailey, knew nothing about the project until the story came out. Now Everette’s picture has been uploaded for his memorial. In fact, the News-Graphic story led to the families of two other soldiers killed to send in the pictures. Instead of six, now just three remain needing a photo. Two of the original files are included as well as the updated Excel spreadsheet. FACES NEVER FORGOTTEN VIETNAM VETERANS REQUEST It won’t take you but a minute to find your county(ies) and publish the names of those soldiers whose pictures are still needed. On the spreadsheet, there’s a new column added – Profile Page. You can get a little more information by clicking on “Profile Page” and get the date of birth, date of death, where in Vietnam the soldier was killed and the location of the name on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in D.C. I know space is at a premium but you could go to the “Profile Page” column, click on it and then take a Preview software shot of the information and use that. Especially if there are not too many soldiers from your county whose photo is not yet available, it would not take much space to list their information and how the public can upload a photo.

Let’s have some fun: Which superhero had a day job at a newspaper?

Find out how well you remember newspapers in comics, movies and TV shows.

cartoon-quizBy Catherine Payne, NAA Content Producer Do you remember which superhero had a day job at a newspaper? How about the superhero who incurred the wrath of villains and a newspaper publisher? NAA put together a quick quiz on fictional newspapers and characters who wrestled with criminals and assignments. To take the quiz, click here http://naa-newspapers.polldaddy.com/s/fictional-newspapers No superhero power required. Catherine Payne is a content producer at NAA. She previously worked at the Pacific Daily News on Guam, Detroit Free Press and USA Today.

Changes proposed for KPA News Contest

Or as it’s officially known, the Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers competition. This is the contest for newsrooms. We’ll make the contest entry material available to you online in mid-August. You can expect a mid-October entry deadline and this contest period covers all issues between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2014. I cannot give you the final wording right now on two categories that are being changed. I can tell you what the News Editorial Division has before it right now is to delete the Best Business/Agribusiness Page. It was the one category that received the fewest entries over the last three years.
We are changing the name of Category 2 from Best Spot News Coverage to Best Breaking News Coverage and we are allowing newspapers to enter not only the print product on the breaking news but any use of social media as well — website, Facebook, Twitter, videos, audio, text. A newspaper will not be disqualified if it only enters the printed newspaper part of the entry but we want to start incorporating other aspects of technology in the contest. And we are deleting Best Business/Agribusiness Page to make room for a new category. I’ve reprinted below the temporary wording for this category, subject to the approval of the News Editorial Division. But it should at least get you prepared. • Best Use of Multi/Social Media The newspaper may have as many entries as it wants in this category but a staff member’s name may not appear on more than two entries. This category is designed to use any or all aspects of social media use to tell the story. This can be breaking news or a non-deadline subject. Package may include a mix of video, audio, slideshows, music, text, Facebook, Twitter, blogs. Award recognizes creative and effective use of the medium to tell a story. Judges will look for innovative use of original content in a variety of formats, reader interaction, ease of navigation and value to the reader. Newspapers may provide screen shot(s) of the entire package as ONE pdf or create one URL that incorporates all aspects of multi/social media coverage of the event. In both the Best Breaking News Coverage and Best Use of Multi/Social Media the newspaper will have to generate screen shots or a URL where the material can be located. If doing screen shots, a newspaper would print those in one pdf and submit that as an entry. If entering it electronically, the newspaper would create one URL so that judges can access the complete coverage with one main click. This would be a great time to start searching through stories since last October, watching specifically for “breaking news” or news that you used multi/social media with and get those screen shots or URL entry started.
• Ad Contest changes coming next week
Due to some scheduling conflicts, a conference call slated for yesterday has been postponed until this afternoon (Friday). So I can’t tell you what, if any, changes are coming to the Advertising Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers competition. I’ll update you on that next week. • Mark January 22 and 23 on your calendar            One thing I can tell you is that the awards banquets for both are scheduled for the KPA Winter Convention. We will announce the advertising contest awards at a dinner on Thursday, January 22, and the news contest winners will be presented Friday, January 23. Both banquets will be at the Louisville Marriott East, off Hurstbourne Lane. That’s also home for the 2015 KPA Winter Convention both of those days.

Publishers voting on change from ‘new media’ to ‘Digital Media’ division

Voting members of KPA are casting a ballot by proxy to change the name of the KPA New Media Division to the KPA Digital Media Division. Doesn’t sound like such a big deal and perhaps that’s why only 30 publishers, representing about 35 newspapers, have voted this week. But since the language is in the bylaws, we want to officially rename the division. The division has been included in the bylaws since 1999 and there have been attempts to make it as viable as the News Editorial, Advertising, Associates and Circulation divisions. The chair sits on the KPA Board as a voting member. The division members are those previously serving on the KPA Digital Committee, a group formed by KPA Past President John Mura during his term. Those eligible to vote — publishers of full member newspapers — received a reminder this morning to cast their ballot so the change can be made and the division begin its process.

On the horizon

• Friday, July 18, we’ll be holding the second ‘Just the Basics: Making the Sale’ seminar at the Lexington Herald-Leader. Cost is $25 per person and includes lunch and materials. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. DEADLINE to register is 12 noon/Eastern on Tuesday, July 15. To register, go to http://http://www.kypress.com and click on the banner at the top

• 52 newspapers have now signed up to publish this year’s Fall Chapter Series,

sponsored by LG&E/KU, KPA and the Lexington Herald-Leader. It begins the week of September 14 and runs for 10 weeks. The Herald-Leader hosted an NIE workshop Thursday for teachers with presentations by Kriss Johnson, Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen, and of course, Woody, Chloe and author Leigh Anne Florence. And the teachers almost got to meet the voice of the Woody podcasts. • Have you benefitted from getting an intern from the Kentucky Journalism Foundation? A good portion of our members are eligible because they participate in the Statewide Classified Program. So if you’re one of those 70 or so newspapers, then you should commit at least one golfer, if not one foursome, to participate in Border War II/Battle At Crooked Creek. Golf Club in London. The tournament is September 18. Yeah, I’m trying to put you on a guilt trip. KPA/KJF has invested well over $1 million dollars in 22 years to make interns available to newspapers. For 10 weeks during the summer and the foundation sends the newspaper the $3,000 for the intern’s salary. If you want specifics, it’s $1,137,000 for 379 interns in 22 years. $75 or $300 is pennies on the dollar to what KPA/KJF has invested in newspapers and student journalists. So I don’t see that $75 for a golfer or $300 for a foursome is too costly. The proceeds go back into the foundation so we can hopefully give more internships in the future. Go to http://www.kypress.com and click on the Battle At Crooked Creek banner at the top and register a golfer or a foursome. Don’t have any golfers on staff? No problem. Donations to the foundation are tax deductible and greatly appreciate.

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Ethics proposal would stop lobbyists from lying to lawmakers

You will see in this story that Utah law prohibits lobbyists from lying to legislators. If they are caught lying to any official, it’s a $100 fine and suspension from lobbying for one year. But I see nothing in the Utah law about the other side of the coin — legislators lying to lobbyists or even the public. UTAH — By Bryan Schott Utah lawmakers are expected to be experts on a myriad of topics during the 45-day legislative session. That’s why lobbyists are so vital to the process. They can provide valuable information to help lawmakers understand and make decisions about issues. What happens if a lobbyist lies to a lawmaker? Right now state law prohibits intentionally giving false information to officials. The punishment is up to $100 fine and a one-year suspension of their lobbying license. That law is basically unenforceable because it’s nearly impossible to prove whether a lobbyist provided false information on purpose. Sen. Daniel Thatcher of West Valley City wants to put more teeth into the statute. “The policy says you can’t lie, but it’s impossible to prove that you lied,” says Thatcher. “What good is that law?” Thatcher wants to penalize lobbyists who intentionally, knowingly or recklessly provide false information – putting the onus on them to make sure what they’re saying to lawmakers is factually correct. “If you’re a lobbyist, I want to make sure you know what a proposed piece of legislation actually does before you start working against it. I’m simply taking an unenforceable law and giving it a mechanism so that some standard of proof can be met.” Thatcher says some lobbyists are absolutely crucial to the process on the hill because they have a deep knowledge of byzantine issues like water law. But, he says there are other lobbyists that are simply “hired guns” who aren’t experts but are good at getting lawmakers to do what they want. Thatcher says his proposal would strengthen the process because it would prevent bills from passing or failing based on a lie. He also says it would vastly improve the atmosphere on the Hill if lawmakers could better trust the information being given to them. “Sometimes you look in someone’s eyes and you know they’re lying, but you can’t prove it. Imagine a world where a legislator can say to a lobbyist ‘put it in writing’.” Thatcher’s bill wouldn’t change the penalties already in law. It would simply make them more enforceable.

New laws, including ‘no cup of coffee,’ take effect next week

Tuesday, July 15, at one second past midnight, most all laws approved during the 2014 session become effective. A couple had emergency clauses attached, which means those became law on the governor signing it and a few don’t take effect until January, 2015. But for the rest Tuesday is the day. That includes KPA’s worker’s compensation initiative — Senate Bill 105 — that will now specify carriers are independent contractors, not employees of the newspapers.
ethics-laws-300x224Here’s another law that begins July 15. The 2014 Kentucky General Assembly adopted a new law (House Bill 28) strengthening the state’s Code of Legislative Ethics for the first time since the Code’s adoption in 1993. With these improvements, Kentucky solidifies its stature as the state with the most effective and comprehensive legislative ethics law in the nation. All provisions of the new law take effect on July 15, and some will have immediate impact. Those are: The ethics code will now include a “no cup of coffee” provision, meaning as of July 15, lobbyists and their employers will be prohibited from buying a meal, or even a cup of coffee, for an individual legislator, legislative candidate, or a legislator or candidate’s spouse or child. There is no change in the law regarding events to which recognized groups of legislators are invited. See KRS 6.811(4). The new law states that a legislative agent “shall not directly solicit, control, or deliver a campaign contribution, for a candidate or legislator.” Lobbyists are already prohibited from giving campaign contributions to legislators and candidates at any time, and while a lobbyist can speak in support or opposition to legislators or candidates, the lobbyist should not directly solicit, control, or deliver a campaign contribution to a legislator, group of legislators, or a legislative candidate. See KRS 6.811(5). The new law prohibits lobbyists and their employers from paying for out-of-state transportation or lodging for a legislator. See KRS 6.747(2). The following provisions are effective July 15, but relate to activities during sessions of the General Assembly. During regular sessions of the General Assembly, legislators and legislative candidates will be prohibited from accepting campaign contributions from an employer of a lobbyist, or from a permanent committee (PAC) as defined in KRS 121.015. See KRS 6.767(2) and KRS 6.811(7). The new law will require businesses and organizations which employ lobbyists to report the cost of advertising which appears during a session of the General Assembly, and which supports or opposes legislation, if the cost is paid by an employer or a person or organization affiliated with an employer. “Advertising” means statements disseminated to the public either in print, by radio or television broadcast, or by any other electronic means, including Internet or telephonic communications, and may include direct or bulk mailings of printed materials. See KRS 6.821(4)(a)5. For over 20 years, while many state legislatures have experienced serious bribery and corruption scandals, Kentucky’s ethics law has helped prevent those kinds of episodes. In recent years, six of the states surrounding Kentucky have seen legislators convicted on charges such as bribery, extortion, and mail fraud. In several states, including Alaska, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, numerous legislators of both parties have gone to prison. By adopting these new ethics law provisions, the Kentucky General Assembly has reinforced its commitment to ethical decision-making in the legislative arena. The new law is based on recommendations developed by Legislative Ethics Commission members, former State Rep. Pat Freibert and former Court of Appeals Judge Paul Gudgel.

America’s Shifting Statehouse Presspew-study

Pew Center study shows numbers have dropped considerably but newspapers still tops

By Jodi Enda, Katerina Eva Matsa and Jan Lauren Boyles Within America’s 50 state capitol buildings, 1,592 journalists inform the public about the actions and issues of state government, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. Of those statehouse reporters, nearly half (741) are assigned there full time. While that averages out to 15 full-time reporters per state, the actual number varies widely—from a high of 53 in Texas to just two in South Dakota. The remaining 851 statehouse reporters cover the beat less than full time. • In a state-by-state analysis, the research shows Kentucky with a total of 24 reporters — 13 full-time, 3 for the session only, 7 part-time and 1 student. In this study, statehouse reporters are defined as those physically assigned to the capitol building to cover the news there, from legislative activity to the governor’s office to individual state agencies. Newspaper reporters constitute the largest segment of both the total statehouse news corps (38%) and the full-time group (43%).  But the data indicate that their full-time numbers have fallen considerably in recent years, raising concerns about the depth and quality of news coverage about state government. Between 1998 and 2009, American Journalism Review conducted five tallies of newspaper reporters assigned to the statehouse full time. Each tally since 1998 showed decline. The most precipitous drop occurred between 2003 and 2009, coinciding with large reductions in overall newspaper staffing prompted by the recession and major changes in the news industry.  To gauge the loss of reporters through 2014, Pew Research went back to the 2003 AJR list and examined statehouse staffing levels at newspapers that were accounted for in the last two AJR tallies—2003 and 2009 and in our 2014 accounting. Those papers lost a total of 164 full-time statehouse reporters—a decline of 35%—between 2003 and 2014. That percentage is slightly higher than the decline in newspaper newsroom staffing overall. According to the American Society of News Editors, full-time newspaper newsroom staffing shrunk by 30% from 2003 through 2012 (the latest year for which data are available). http://www.journalism.org/2014/07/10/americas-shifting-statehouse-press/pj-2014-07-10-statehouse-01/

Nominations open for Tom and Pat Gish award

Nominations for the Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, tenacity and integrity in rural journalism, given by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, must be mailed by Aug. 1.

 

Tom and Pat Gish accept the award in 2004 that was named in their honor

Tom and Pat Gish accept the award in 2004 that was named in their honor

And nominations are open for Al Smith Award, tooThe award is named for Tom and Pat Gish, who published The Mountain Eagle in Whitesburg, Ky., for more than 51 years. They withstood advertiser boycotts, business competition, declining population, personal attacks, and even the burning of their office to give their readers the kind of journalism often lacking in rural areas, and were the first winners of the award named for them.

Other winners have been the Ezzell family of The Canadian (Tex.) Record, in 2007; James E. Prince III and Stanley Dearman, current and former publishers of The Neshoba Democrat of Philadelphia, Miss., in 2008; Samantha Swindler, editor and publisher of the Headlight Herald in Tillamook, Ore., in 2010 for her work as editor of the Corbin, Ky., Times-Tribune and managing editor of the Jacksonville (Tex.) Daily Progress; in 2011, Stanley Nelson and the Concordia Sentinel of Ferriday, La.; and in 2012, Jonathan and Susan Austin of the Yancey County News in Burnsville, N.C. No award was given in 2013.

The Institute seeks nominations that measure up, at least in major respects, to the records of previous winners, which are detailed at www.RuralJournalism.org. Nominators should send detailed letters to Institute Director Al Cross, explaining how their nominees show the kind of exemplary courage, tenacity and integrity that the Gishes demonstrated in their rigorous pursuit of rural journalism. Detailed documentation does not have to accompany the nomination, but is helpful in choosing finalists, and additional documentation may be requested or required. Questions may be directed to Cross at 859-257-3744 or al.cross@uky.edu. The award will be presented at a dinner in Lexington, Ky., on Nov. 13.

Letters should be postmarked by Aug. 1 and mailed to: Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, 122 Grehan Journalism Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY 40506-0042.

The Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues seek nominations for the Al Smith Award, given annually for public service through community journalism over a lifetime by a native or resident of Kentucky, or someone who has spent a significant portion of his or her career in the state. The award is named for its first recipient: Albert P. Smith Jr.,

who owned weekly newspapers in Kentucky and Tennessee, was founding host of KET’s “Comment on Kentucky” and was main co-founder of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, whose national advisory board he long chaired. He is now chairman emeritus and writing books: Wordsmith: My Life in Journalism, Kentucky Cured, and more to follow. The Smith Award is based on news coverage and editorial leadership that serve needs of communities. Preference is given to journalists in smaller markets, to recognize the restrictions that market size can place on the ability to perform outstanding public service through journalism. If a publisher or station owner is nominated, the judges may consider the publisher’s civic service and the successful management of conflicts that can arise between journalistic, managerial, ownership, and civic roles. The winner will be selected by judges chosen by the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Last year’s Smith Award winner was John A. Nelson, editor of The Advocate-Messenger in Danville and The Winchester Sun. The 2012 winners were Jennifer P. Brown, opinion editor and former editor of the Kentucky New Era in Hopkinsville, and Max Heath, retired vice president and executive editor of Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. Nominations, supporting letters and documentation should be submitted by Aug. 31­ to: Al Smith Award Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues 122 Grehan Journalism Building, University of Kentucky Lexington KY 40506-0042 For more information about Al Smith, the award and the nomination process, please contact Institute Director Al Cross at (859) 257-3744 or al.cross@uky.edu.

Street Rod Nationals brings news, advertising opportunities

The National Street Rod Association’s annual Street Rod Nationals Plus will be held in Louisville at the Kentucky Exposition Center. This will be the 20th year the show, annually attracting between 10,000 and
street-rod-nationals-300x24815,000 vintage automobiles, will be staged in Louisville. SRN Release 2b 14 The National Street Rod Association® (NSRA), is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee with members worldwide. Vehicles will be driven from all parts of the United States to make this a truly unique gathering of vintage automobiles featuring nearly every make, model and style.Once again, the NSRA will include vehicles from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s in this event. Here’s access to the complete news release as well as contact information for advertising. Gives you the opportunity to notify your readers of this chance to see up to 15,000 vintage vehicles in Louisville.

Public agency websites still having ‘technical difficulties’

I needed to get the City of Georgetown Ethics Ordinance earlier this week and when I accessed the city’s website, I got the following message: “We are having technical difficulties with our website at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.” So I tried back again this morning and got the same message. Gives us a reinforced argument about allowing public agencies to put their notices on the agency’s website instead of in the newspaper. Had Georgetown been putting notices on its website instead of in the newspaper, that would be at least a whole week the public had no access to the information. In the same time, the News-Graphic has published three issues.

So just what do you display at a manure convention trade show booth?

Got this news release from my counterpart at Missouri Press, Doug Crews. He said he had to laugh when he got it. North American Manure Expo in Springfield July 8-9 MARSHFIELD, Mo. – When it comes to learning about nutrient and manure management, the 2014 North American Manure Expo held July 8-9 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N. Grant in Springfield, is the place to go. The theme of the 2014 two-day event is “Valuing Manure and the Environment.” The free expo offers practical demonstrations, classroom teaching, and the opportunity to interact with industry representatives and regulators, according to Bob Schultheis, a natural resource engineering specialist with University of Missouri Extension in Webster County. “The manure expo is not just for producers. It is for everyone who works with nutrient management,” said Schultheis. The 2014 North American Manure Expo will conclude with demonstrations on manure gas and safety, and manure spill response and management. The release goes on to talk about the tours attendees will take and about being a vendor at the show’s trade show. Seriously, if you want information on covering the expo, I’ll be glad to forward everything you need.

West Kentucky media trying to lure Senate candidates to debate

Tom Lovett, editor of The Gleaner in Henderson reacted swiftly when the idea of debates between Mitch McConnel and Alison Grimes were proposed. Tom contacted other west Kentucky media, including some broadcast outlets, and suggested they join together to encourage the two U.S. Senate candidates to have one of the debates in Western Kentucky. Here’s a copy of Tom’s letter to the two candidates. Dear (Sen. McConnell; Secretary Lundergan Grimes)
, We the undersigned representatives of Western Kentucky’s media formally request you bring one of your planned debates to our region. Since one of the big issues of the campaign so far has been coal and the jobs lost in the coal industry, we feel it is important that you bring your debate before the people seriously affected – the residents of Western Kentucky. Bringing a debate to Western Kentucky might also help dispel the notion that while politicians desire the votes of our readers and viewers, their voices carry less weight in policy decisions than those inside Kentucky’s Golden Triangle. Our region has multiple suitable venues, such as the Glema Mahr Center in Madisonville, Henderson’s Fine Arts Center or Owensboro’s new convention center, not to mention facilities at both Western Kentucky and Murray State Universities.  We have multiple print and TV outlets, ensuring statewide coverage of a debate. We hope to see you here together in Western Kentucky soon.

Encourage high school teachers to promote 1 for All First Amendment Challenge

http://1forAll.us ASNE’s Youth Journalism Initiative continues to encourage editors to promote the 1 for All First Amendment Challenge, a nationwide event among secondary school teachers that spurs First Amendment education. The 1 for All First Amendment Challenge will recognize the top 40 teachers with a $1,000 prize. Teachers who wish to be considered should submit their lesson plans, activities and student projects at 1forAll.us. Entries will be judged by a panel of journalists and educators and accepted on a rolling basis throughout the 2014-15 school year. The First Amendment Challenge is funded by a generous grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and administered by ASNE’s Youth Journalism Initiative. The Journalism Education Association has endorsed the Challenge. Click here for more information about 1 for All and the First Amendment Challenge

Apply for Ghana reporting trip

The International Reporting Project is accepting applications for its new media reporting trip to Ghana on October 4-15. Apply by midnight Monday, July 28! Journalists will focus on immunizations and child health in Ghana, particularly in light of the upcoming decisions to be made by the global community on replenishing the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) as it begins a new cycle from 2016 to 2020. This group trip is open only to applications from new media journalists, including media professionals, bloggers, influential social media practitioners and freelance contributorswho are citizens of the following nations: France, Germany, India, Japan, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. All candidates must complete an application form and provide a detailed essay of at least 800 words describing the types of stories they might pursue during the Ghana trip. Learn more about the trip and read the frequently asked questions for more information — http://internationalreportingproject.org/stories/view/apply-for-new-media-trip-on-immunizations-in-ghana-by-july-28

News from Reynolds Journalism Institute

• RJI Futures Lab update #65: Multimedia reporting with mobile devices If you have 10 minutes and want to learn about reporting with mobile devices, then check our the Reynolds Journalism Institute Futures Lab update at http://www.rjionline.org/futures-lab-update/065-mobile-devices-multimedia-reporting-iphone-ipad#sthash.3TU83KTt.dpuf There’s a video that discusses various devices and what the lab found out. Here’s an brief intro to the session: This week we look at the possibilities and limits of doing multimedia journalism using only mobile devices. We sit down for a conversation with Missouri School of Journalism Assistant Professor Judd Slivka, who turned an entry-level multimedia course into a four-month experiment with mobile reporting tools. In our discussion Slivka explains the tradeoffs involved and introduces several peripheral devices that help get the quality of iPhone and iPad audio and video closer to that of standard professional-level gear. To help you navigate our fast-changing industry, Reynolds Journalism Institute collects and assembles some of the top stories from around the Web of interest to journalism innovators and entrepreneurs in its RJI Links. • Nearly all large tablet owners also use smartphones The pairing of large tablets with smartphones has important implications for news organizations. Nearly nine in 10 large tablet owners also use smartphones, according to the latest mobile media survey from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Only 4 in 10 smartphone owners said they also used large tablets. • What local news networks can learn from coffee apps Recently, The New York Times introduced their NYT Now mobile news app. In an effort to hook new subscribers, they teamed up with Starbucks to offer Starbucks rewards members a 12-week free trial of NYT Now. The Times already offers Starbucks customers access to free articles when they log onto Starbucks in-store Wi-Fi.

SSCI’s Cybersecurity Bill Would Chill News Reporting

by Rick Blum The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 (CISA), released as a draft by Chairman Dianne Feinstein on June 17 and soon to be considered by the Senate Intelligence Committee, would threaten the flow of accurate news and information to the public and policymakers. The bill would allow government agencies to collect, without a warrant or other traditional legal process, journalists’ phone and other records if the government considers the journalists or their sources threats to the security of information stored on computer networks. In a letter sent to the Senate intelligence Committee today, the Sunshine in Government Initiative pointed out that this overbroad proposal to address cybersecurity threats chills newsgathering based on confidential sources, removes meaningful judicial oversight, ignores carefully crafted legislation dealing with confidential sources, and places the careful balancing of vital democratic interests in the hands of the executive branch and private industry. “In sum, CISA would enable the federal government to do an end-run around the Constitution and existing privacy laws,” we wrote. Absent the protections found in strong judicial oversight, legal standards and prior notice requirements, federal investigators and prosecutors could easily obtain the communications records of journalists and their confidential sources, thereby creating an impermissible chilling effect on newsgathering […] We recognize and appreciate the government’s responsibility to secure the nation from cyber attacks. However the bill as proposed steps across lines drawn by the nation’s founders and inhibits newsgathering and the flow of accurate information to the public.    

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