This Week in Media News 3/31 – 4/4

Happy Easter FWJ crew! If you don’t celebrate Easter then, of course, happy Sunday. It’s been good week in media news:

Where are the Women? – Alicia Shepard asks an all important question about NPR & it’s diversity or lack of in some areas.

A dangerous assignment gone really, really bad -”Paul Raffaele, a top flight freelancer for Smithsonian magazine, was badly injured in a suicide bombing while on assignment in Afghanistan in 2008. Raffaele says the magazine agreed to insure him but he has nothing in writing. The two are now at an impasse. Writer Katie Rolnick tells the story.” Even if you’re not a freelance war journalist, this affects all of us. How many of us have implied agreements with our editors?

Report: Media M&A Continues to Recover; JEGI says Q1 activity up 70+ percent; value more than quadrupled. Freelance magazine writers everywhere just smiled slightly :)

John Cook Leaving Gawker for Yahoo News –

Student editors: ‘We stand by our decision to publish controversial opinions’“The editorial board at American University’s Eagle — under fire for a column about date rape — says it realizes it has to “take more responsibility for what we publish” and that “until we have a specific policy to do this, The Eagle will be temporarily suspending the publication of all opinion columns.” College papers push boundaries, ask questions, you may not agree with the columnist but it is encouraging to see students taking up the debate and learning the complex world of free press.

Hearst’s RealBeauty.com on Course to Reach One Million Unique Visitors

*Sources for today’s info:

Poynter.org

EditorandPublisher.com

Foliomag.com

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