August 7, 2015

Here’s your weekend reading roundup of some good stuff on Medium this week.

Let’s talk about journalism salaries

Screen shot, Medium

Screen shot, Medium

Julia Haslanger writes about a new tool for breaking through the salary conversation.

Even though journalists are supposed to be comfortable asking the hard questions, it may be intimidating to start a conversation about salaries, especially when you’re job hunting and feeling vulnerable.

But salary transparency is coming into vogue, and that’s got the potential to benefit a lot of people — including you.

Life after Michael Brown and Freddie Gray

Al Jazeera America shared a shorter version of this piece from photographers Glenford Nunez and Michael Thomas.

“I didn’t understand the meaning of “media circus” until I got to the intersection of Penn and North, which normally is an open-air drug market. If you want it, they got it on Penn and North. So I was shocked to see so many white faces in this area. I mean, black people don’t even go to this area unless you are from there.” 

Why journalism needs to get out of the box and meet with people

Emiliano Cosenza writes about user-centered journalism.

In many ways, it’s hard for journalism to leave behind the top-down structure of the old broadcast model. This is why it’s still based on readers, listeners and viewers. However, the experience that digital interactive media offers, demands us to consider a new actor and new ways to get to it. We no longer talk about a passive consumer, but of an user that has an experience with information.

In that experience, the crossroads between design and journalism gains in value, because we can define how we want it to be. We can and we must design it, even if we decide to work only with text.

The Ferguson protests worked

Julia Craven, Ryan J. Reilly and Mariah Stewart have the look back at Ferguson one year later.

A shift in media behavior after a tragedy is not unusual, Sarah Oates, a journalism professor at the University of Maryland, told The Huffington Post. Before Ferguson’s uprising, many media outlets tended to accept police accounts as fact. Now, reporters are asking why black communities are outraged with policing.

Flashback: Jon Stewart eviscerates the magazine industry, September 2005

Rachel Sklar takes us back.

What can I say, in 2005 we were all much less jaded. There is a LOT here — but a few notable moments include David Zinczenko proclaiming that “fit is the new rich,” Graydon Carter stubbornly insisting that print would always set the agenda, and me getting Jon Stewart to admit — for the first time in print that I could find — that he actually cared. Which of course became clear in the years to follow but it was nice to hear it said out loud…

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