"Daily Beast, Sarah Topol writes about the risks of independent journalists who “are often venturing into danger without the training and equipment afforded full-time staffers, such as helmets, flak jackets, satellite phones, first-aid kits, or even health insurance.” Freelancers who talked with the Columbia Journalism Review’s Alysia Santo acknowledged that news organization may lend a hand in extreme cases, however, most won’t even discuss insurance with their freelancers. “This arrangement,” reports Santo, “leaves freelancers — who are taking personal risks on behalf of news organizations — liable for their own expenses if they’re injured or killed in the line of duty."
How Do We Make Freelance Journalism Sustainable? | Mediashift | PBS
So this isn’t just happening to journalists. Our whole workforce is shifting to freelance/consultant models. Healthcare that isn’t tied to an employer will be some help. Portable retirement accounts are next. Employers are going to have to raise wages or pay for training, is what I expect to happen.
At least eight tows and 63 barges were moored this week after government officials deemed the waterway unsafe for navigation - waters were high enough that tows risked hitting St. Louis’ bridges, Fogarty said.
Waters on the Mississippi at St. Louis on Thursday receded to the moderate flood stage of 38.9 feet, after cresting this week at 40.5 feet, according to the National Weather Service.
It was the fourth highest recorded water level since the St. Louis Army Corps gage was installed in 1861.
A typical Web article is about 2000 pixels long. In the graph below, each bar represents the share of readers who got to a particular depth in the story. There’s a spike at 0 percent—i.e., the very top pixel on the page—because 5 percent of readers never scrolled deeper than that spot. (A few notes: This graph only includes people who spent any time engaging with the page at all—users who “bounced” from the page immediately after landing on it are not represented. The X axis goes beyond 100 percent to include stuff, like the comments section, that falls below the 2,000-pixel mark. Finally, the spike near the end is an anomaly caused by pages containing photos and videos—on those pages, people scroll through the whole page.) (via How people read online: Why you won’t finish this article. - Slate Magazine)
Dang, I can’t get to this, but for journalists and civic activists, I think it would be a good view
High Tech, Low Life Chicago Premiere REdesign Series
Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 7:30pm Location: Chicago Filmmakers - 5243 N Clark Suggested Donation: $8 Zhou “Zola” Shuguang and Zhang “Tiger Temple” are two of China’s first renegade citizen reporters. Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras they develop skills as independent one-man news stations while learning to navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations and avoiding the risk of political persecution. (via High Tech, Low Life | chicagofilmmakers.org)