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Opinion: Journalism companies are dead. Long live journalists.

We’ve talked endlessly about the future of journalism. It’s time to talk about the future of journalists.

The Orange County Register’s new owner thought the way to turn the paper around is through better reporting to lure new and former readers to a revived product. He has since stepped away from managing the paper. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The Orange County Register’s new owner thought the way to turn the paper around is through better reporting to lure new and former readers to a revived product. He has since stepped away from managing the paper. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

People who observe and report on others’ lives have a built-in sense of shame about navel-gazing. Maybe that’s why, amid all of the study and conversations about the future of journalism and business models, remarkably little attention has been paid to the plight of individual journalists.

They have the skill sets to do this work and the passion for it. In theory, there could be journalism without traditional media companies as we’ve known them, but there won’t be without people who do the job of journalism. Read more

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Report: One-third of readers disappointed or deceived by sponsored content

About a third of news consumers in both the United States and the United Kingdom feel tricked or let down by sponsored content or native advertising, according to a new report released this evening by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

The 2015 Digital News Report also reveals that half of news consumers surveyed grudgingly accept sponsored content on the basis that it helps provide them with free news. But more than a quarter think less highly of the news outlet that publishes native advertising or sponsored content. From the report:

There is a perception that readers are disappointed or feel deceived if they later find out content was sponsored by a brand or company. In the UK, a third (33%) have felt disappointed or deceived, a level that rises to more than four in ten (43%) in the US.

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Reuters says it isn’t gunning for the competition by offering free content

On Tuesday, Reuters announced it was going to begin giving away content to publishers on a scale never before seen in the news agency’s more than 160-year history.

It too early to tell what the policy will mean for the newswire’s rivals, like The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Getty. But in an email question-and-answer session with Poynter, Reuters Global Managing Director Steven Schwartz writes that the company’s new initiative wasn’t driven by the competition:

From a strategic standpoint, what does this loss-leader approach mean for your competitors, like The Associated Press and AFP?

We have always prided ourselves on innovation and what we are doing acknowledges that the market is changing, as are some of our other initiatives like custom programming for broadcasters and content creation for brands. Read more

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Career beat: Juliet Williams named administrative correspondent in Sacramento

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Juliet Williams is now an administrative correspondent for The Associated Press. She joined the AP’s Sacramento bureau in 2005. (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • James Oliphant is now a political correspondent at Reuters. Previously, he was deputy editor for National Journal magazine. (Email)
  • Eric Markowitz is now a senior technology writer at International Business Times. Previously, he covered business and tech for Vocativ. (Fishbowl NY)

Job of the day: The Memphis Business Journal is looking for an editor-in-chief. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Career Beat: Kevin Krolicki named Washington bureau chief at Reuters

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Kevin Krolicki has been named Washington bureau chief at Reuters. Previously, he was Japan bureau chief there. (Poynter)
  • Michael Oreskes is now senior vice president of news and editorial director at NPR. Previously, he was vice president and senior managing editor of The Associated Press. (Poynter)
  • Amy Gardner is now senior local politics editor at The Washington Post. Previously, she covered the White House there. (Washington Post)
  • Dakarai Turner is now a reporter and multimedia journalist at WMAR in Baltimore. Previously, he was a reporter at WLTX. (TV Spy)
  • Julie Shapiro is now news editor on the global continuous publishing desk at Time. Previously, she was news editor at DNAinfo.
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Kevin Krolicki named Washington bureau chief at Reuters

Kevin Krolicki, formerly the Japan bureau chief at Reuters, will be Washington bureau chief for the international newswire, according to a staff memo from Americas regional editor Dayan Candappa.

Krolicki, who returns from a three-year stint in Japan, replaces Marilyn Thompson, who left the company in January to become a deputy editor at Politico.

According to the memo, Krolicki has covered a wide variety of topics during his tenure as a reporter and editor, including markets and policy, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the decline of the auto industry in Detroit.

Krolicki’s appointment is the latest in a rapid succession of job moves at multiple news organizations as they shuffle staffers to cover the 2016 presidential campaign. Politico, Reuters, The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, The Associated Press and others have all made appointments in recent months in advance of the presidential contest. Read more

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Google News: company press releases can now come before news stories in search results

Reuters reports that a little-noticed change in the Google News search process now allows company press releases to be included in its search results. Prior to the change, the company only allowed stories from approved media outlets to appear in the results.

According to Reuters, the change means that when users search Google News for a topic that may be embarrassing to a company, the press releases may appear in the results before news stories, misleading readers looking for a more disinterested take. In addition, companies can use search engine optimization strategies to increase the likelihood that their versions of a story will be seen first.

Clarification: Press releases that appear in the Google News search results will clearly be labeled as such. Read more

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Major news organizations to reveal new freelancer safety guidelines

Freelance journalist James Foley in 2011.  Photograph by Jonathan Pedneault

Freelance journalist James Foley in 2011. Photograph by Jonathan Pedneault

A coalition of prominent news outlets and journalism advocacy groups Thursday will release a set of guidelines at Columbia Journalism School for the protection of freelancers.

The recommendations, which will have the support of several prominent wire service organizations including The Associated Press and the Agence France-Presse, set forth best practices for both freelancers and the news organizations that employ them.

The new directives come amid a perilous time for freelance journalists, said Robert Mahoney, deputy director for the Committee to Protect Journalists. Widespread access to publishing tools has enabled terrorists to spread their messages widely without media organizations, making journalists more valuable to these groups as gruesome spectacles than bearers of witness. And financial setbacks have prompted many news organizations to shutter their foreign bureaus, leaving freelancers to pick up the slack in dangerous regions. Read more

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Career Beat: Jorge Mettey named vice president of news at Azteca América

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Jorge Mettey is now vice president of news and community relations at Azteca América. Previously, he was senior vice president of news at MundoFox. (Media Moves)
  • Jeffrey Dastin is now U.S. airlines correspondent for Reuters. Previously, he was an intern there. (Email)
  • Melisa Goh will be senior home page editor at CNN. Previously, she was weekend editor at NPR.org. (Email)
  • Keith Connors is now news director for WTNH in New Haven, Connecticut. Previously, he was news director for WTHR in Indianapolis. Dave Ciliberti is now news director for WCMH in Columbus, Ohio. Previously, he was news director for WTEN/WXXA in Albany, New York. (Rick Gevers)

Job of the day: CBS Interactive is looking for an associate editor. Read more

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The attorney general has released updated guidelines for investigating journalists

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Changes in the Department of Justice’s guidelines for investigating journalists include approval in each case by the attorney general, Julia Edwards reported for Reuters. The changes were announced Wednesday.

The new guidelines dictate that the attorney general, not simply a member of the Justice Department staff, must authorize probes into all “newsgathering activities,” striking old language that applied only to “ordinary newsgathering activities,” a Justice Department official said.

News organizations objected to that language, Eric Tucker reported for the Associated Press.

The updated policy revises protocols announced last year amid outrage among news organizations over Obama administration tactics. It was released just as the Justice Department abandoned its yearslong efforts to compel a New York Times reporter to testify in the trial of a former CIA officer accused of disclosing classified information.

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