The interns want to learn more about video

Dow Jones News Fund

The Dow Jones News Fund surveyed people who went through its internship program and asked what skills in a digital workshop they’d like to have devoted more time to. They overwhelmingly chose video (in varying numbers, they also picked coding and photography).
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Asked what they’d like to spend less time on, most said “Nothing.” But the skills they did mention aren’t easily grouped: copy-editing, local reporting and grammar make that list, but so do learning about WordPress and data visualization.


The fund provides paid internships at news organizations — 86 interns at 55 outlets this summer, a Dow Jones spokesperson tells Poynter.

The survey also asked alums about their current salary. 30 percent said they made less than $25,000. 54 percent said they made less than $45K. Read more

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Yet another NYT digital tier?

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Another NYT subscription tier? Lucia Moses reports: “According to a survey sent to readers this week, the new offering would give users 30 articles a month for $8, over 45 percent lower than the current cheapest offering.” (Digiday) | The Times has also floated the prospect of a shorter print edition in a survey, Joe Pompeo reported last week. (Capital) | The launch of its most recent digital products “has been anything but smooth.” (Poynter) | Sam Kirkland shows you how to save money on your NYT sub. (Poynter)
  2. Edward Snowden to stay longer in Russia: He got a three-year residence permit, his lawyer says. He’ll be able to travel abroad.
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Starting salaries at magazines fell $5K in last year: study

University of Georgia

Consumer magazines offered the lowest median starting salaries to people who got bachelor’s degrees in journalism in 2013, the University of Georgia’s Grady College says in its latest annual survey of grads.


Salaries reported by grads in magazines “were $5,000 lower than a year before,” the study says.

Usually graduates in that industry segment report much stronger salaries, with graduates in 2012 reporting a median salary of $30,000. There has been no growth in median salaries reported by those with full-time jobs in the magazine industry since 2009, indicating a softness in that part of the job market.

The northeastern United States offered the highest median salaries for 2013 grads: $35,000 compared with $32,000 in other parts of the country.


Over all, starting salaries for people with undergraduate degrees have gone up about $100 since 1987, using 1985 dollars. Read more


Compensation of NYT execs doesn’t ‘seem to match the company’s current size’

Reuters | Capital

Together, the three top executives at The New York Times — chairman and Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson and Vice Chairman Michael Golden — made $11.9 million in 2013, Jennifer Saba reports. “As a percentage of revenue, Times Co’s compensation is more generous than at six [media] companies and less generous than at three. But as a percentage of free cash flow, it far outranks every company, in many cases by a long way.”

Thompson, left, and Sulzberger in Paris last October. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Sulzberger and Golden are members of the Ochs-Sulzberger family, which controls Times Co.’s preferred stock (and only those stockholders can vote on executive compensation). “In particular, Golden’s compensation raised questions, given his job as head of the Times Company’s human resources and modest international operations,” Saba writes. Read more


Women journalists make 17% less than men


The median salary of women journalists is 83 percent of their male counterparts’ pay, Monica Anderson reports for Pew. That’s in line with the national pay gap: “the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that median hourly earnings for all women in 2012 amount to 84% of what a man makes,” Anderson writes. Anderson’s report draws on the most recent Indiana University survey of journalists.

Ken Auletta reported Thursday that ousted New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson made a $475,000 salary in her first year in the top job. That’s 85 percent of what Auletta reports her predecessor, Bill Keller, was making that year.

Anderson gathers other stats from the annual ASNE census: At newspapers, the percentage of women has “barely budged,” she writes, and the percentage of women in supervisory positions has gone up a whopping 1 percent since 1998. Read more

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It’s bonus time, get out your carving knife

Frozen turkeys were a pretty popular bonus. (Deposit Photos)

A lot of journalists got the Bob Cratchit treatment when bonus time came, (past tense intentional,) bringing home turkeys, a bag of cranberries and even bacon.

“One newspaper for which I worked gave employees bacon as a Christmas bonus. The first year or two it was really good bacon, but eventually you could tell The Old Man (as we called our owner/publisher) was just sending his poor wife to the store and telling her to get whatever was cheapest,” Steve James wrote on Facebook.

Yesterday, after The Washington Post reported that staff at Washington City Paper were getting $250 bonuses, I asked what other bonuses reporters have received.

Through email, I got a link to a 2005 story in The Hook, a now-closed weekly paper in Charlottesville, Virginia, that wrote about the bonus that year for employees of the daily paper, Daily Progress. Read more


J-school grad who regretted her career choice explains what she did next

The Chicago Tribune

Betsy Mikel writes about graduating with a journalism degree and surveying the jobscape with dismay. About a quarter of people with journalism or communications degrees wish they’d gone into another field, a study from the University of Georgia’s Grady College recently found.

“There are only about 10 jobs in the whole country in your field and about 100,000,000 people are competing for them,” Mikel writes.

To make matters worse, those jobs happen to be located in the middle of small-town Alaska, far away from friends and family with pay way below the cost of living. …

My passion for journalism was still strong, but the instability of the field made me realize I needed a new plan.

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Study finds more than a quarter of journalism grads wish they’d chosen another career

University of Georgia | CNNMoney

About 28 percent of journalism grads wish they’d chosen another field, the annual survey of grads by the University of Georgia’s Grady College says.

“That it is a significant percent cannot be doubted,” the study’s authors write. Read more


How can journalists negotiate for better salaries?

The National Association of Colleges and Employers’ annual report on college graduates has drawn a lot of attention to journalists’ salaries in recent weeks.

During a live chat, Michigan State University’s Joe Grimm addressed the study and offered strategies for helping journalists negotiate for better salaries.

Many journalists have objected to the NACE study, which found that the average starting salary for journalism-school grads is now $41,000; that average includes grads working inside newsrooms and outside the field — in law offices, PR agencies or anywhere else that seeks their skills. The average starting salary for journalism grads in newsrooms may be substantially lower, while working outside the field may net higher compensation. For instance, an annual study by the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication found a median salary of $31,000 for recent grads. Read more


Gov. stats: Median salary for reporters $35K, $52K for editors

Fourth in an apparently ongoing series on journopay

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics spotlights the media and information industries in a series of delightful charts, including one that outlines salary information for employed journalists. These figures “do not include the unincorporated self-employed,” the BLS says.

The BLS counted 98,990 editors, the largest group among its list of media occupations.

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