Mail Online journalists like the pay, hate ripping off other journalists

Today’s MediaWireWorld roundup of journalism news from outside the U.S. Send tips to Kristen Hare: khare@poynter.org

United Kingdom

Mail Online does have a policy for sourcing stories, Roy Greenslade wrote Tuesday in The Guardian, but it doesn’t, or shouldn’t, allow for lifting whole stories. Greenslade wrote about the continuing fight between News Corp Australia and Daily Mail Australia. The latter claims the former has been lifting its stories. Greenslade says Mail Online employs “relatively low-paid young staff to lift articles by journalists who have taken time, and resources, to investigate, research and write original copy.”

Several Mail Onliners have told me they hate doing it. (“I didn’t come into journalism to rip off other journalists,” one told me). But he, in company with others, pointed out that jobs are exceedingly hard to come by (and they are still paid more than most local and regional reporters and subs).


Ukraine

A reporter with a Russian daily newspaper used social media to call for the detention of a fellow journalist working in Eastern Ukraine, Maxim Eristavi reported Tuesday in the Columbia Journalism Review.

(Paul Ronzheimer) later learned that (Dmitriy) Steshyn, a veteran war reporter also in the region, had gone on Twitter and alerted over 26,000 of his Russian-speaking followers about Ronzheimer’s story, translating the gist of the piece, which was filed in German, into Russian. The Russian journalist publicly called for Ronzheimer’s detention, saying the German reporter should be arrested by the separatists. Later that tweet was apparently deleted. But Steshyn confirmed the move in Facebook comments to a post about the incident published by another well-known Russian journalist, Pavel Kalygin.

United Kingdom

BBC Radio will cut another 65 jobs, Jason Deans reported Tuesday in The Guardian.

The BBC said on Tuesday that the latest job losses were part of a target of cutting about 200 posts between 2012 and 2017 – roughly 15% of the division’s 1,300 staff – under the DQF efficiency savings process.

Lithuania

On the front today from Klaipeda, in Klaipeda, Lithuania, it looks like maybe the camera had a few beers before shooting this one. (Front page courtesy Newseum.)

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