Media Insider: A Study on Freelancing, The Rise of Soft Censorship and Even More Media Moves

Welcome to Media Insider, PR Newswire’s round up of journalism, blogging and freelancing stories from the week.

Photo by markus spiske used under CC BY 2.0

Photo by markus spiske used under CC BY 2.0

Contently Study: The State of Freelancing in 2015 (Contently’s The Freelancer Blog)

For 14 days, researchers at Contently surveyed 643 freelancers with 25 questions regarding an array of freelancing matters. Topics included how much money was made annually, how much time was spent pursuing new clients, and thoughts on the future of freelancing. More than 60% of those surveyed — made up of mostly writers — think their life as a freelancer has improved, plan on freelancing for ten or more years and would “be interested in joining a legalized union.” This study certainly brings to light the challenging yet rewarding aspects of a career in freelancing.

Google Launches a New Home for Journalists With “News Lab” (TechCruch)

News Lab is a new website launched by Google in order to “collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to help build the future of Media.” This piece explains the new online destination and all of the features that come along with it, including research, visualization, distribution and analytic tools that may prove extremely helpful for journalists in this digital age of reporting.

Soft Censorship Is Very Deleterious for Journalism (World Editors Forum Blog)

In an interview, Don Podesta, manager and editor at the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) and a researcher of soft censorship since 2008, outlines his concerns about the increased use of modern censorship by governments. Podesta identifies new forms of censorship, like trolling and intimidation, its effects, and why people should care, among a slew of other matters concerning censorship practices taking place around the world.

Here Are Some of the Best Projects from Vox Media’s Annual Hackfest (Nieman Lab Journalism)

Vax (the combination of the words Vox and Hack) is an annual tradition for Vox Media, allowing employees to collaborate on new tools for journalists. The fourth Vax ‘hackathon’ resulted in 24 projects ranging from tools to help editors source and hire freelancers to experiments with virtual reality.

Media News and Moves for the Week of June 22 (PR Newswire’s Media Moves)

Media Moves keeps you up to date with who went where in the world of media. This week a new anchor joins NBC Nightly News, an editor is hired at Entertainment Weekly, and a promotion takes place at The Washington Post.

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Stephanie de Ruiter is an audience researcher with PR Newswire keeping up with media moves throughout the nation with a focus on blogs and online publications.

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2 Responses

  1. July 10, 2015

    […] Contently study that depicted the exhilarating yet unpredictable life of full-time freelancing was featured. A writer took it one step further and interviewed multiple veteran freelancers “who’ve been at […]

  2. October 9, 2015

    […] yet another freelancer survey, albeit this one done on a much larger scale, more valuable information into this career choice and […]

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