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SI’s King to stop using ‘Redskins’

Peter King, senior writer at Sports Illustrated, has decided to stop using the name “Redskins” when writing about the National Football League team in Washington, DC.

In a column, King said that the name is regarded by some as racial slur, and “it offends too many people, and I don’t want to add to the offensiveness.”

He added, ” I can do my job without using it, and I will.”

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A lot of ink got spilled this past week, reporting on a new survey from the University of Georgia on career satisfaction among journalists.

Poynter.org had the story: Some 28 percent of the journalists surveyed wish they had chosen a different career.

Some of the coverage boo-hooed and intoned that this is yet another manifestation of a profession in a tailspin.

Really? I think it’s pretty damn good that three-quarters of the people who chose to be journalists are happy with that choice.

This is a field, recall, where compensation historically has not been high: for example, the starting annual salary for a new journalism grad in 2012 was more than 10 grand lower than the median pay for all grads: According to CNN, the median annual pay last year for a new journalist was $32,000; the figure was $42,666 for all jobs.

Let’s compare those satisfaction rates in the UGa survey to those in a profession with a lot more earning power: law.

The American Bar Association did a survey in 2007 called, “The Pulse of Legal Profession.”

It was nationwide and pretty comprehensive. And note that it was completed before The Great Recession, when things really got bad.

Of lawyers in practice six to nine years, only about 40 percent were happy with their career choice.

For lawyers who had been in practice 10 years or more, the figure was higher – about six in 10.

Ponder that a minute — 40 percent of the lawyers who had been slogging away a decade or better were stuck in a job they really didn’t like.

All the sudden, the fact that three-quarters of the journalists are happy looks pretty good.

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has taken up a case that could resolve some inconsistencies in the commonwealth’s cameras-in-the-courtroom statute.

One part of the law says cameras come in only if the judge lets them and another passage indicates they come in unless the judge can state a good reason not to allow them.

SPJ member Peter Vieth has put together a nice piece on the case for Virginia Lawyers Weekly, explaining the law and the case before the court. He talked several local professional broadcaster groups for their take on the case.

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Newsrooms must adapt

If you work for a traditional newsroom, especially a newspaper, in all likelihood you are in a situation not that different than the Oakland A’s as depicted in “Moneyball.” You don’t have the money you feel you need to do the job the way you were brought up to believe it needs to be done, and that situation is never going to get better. The University of Southern California’s Center for the Digital Future even predicts the end of most printed newspapers in just a few years, owing not just to the economic factors hurting advertising but, more importantly, consumer habits shifting media use increasingly to digital platforms. News organizations may face a stark choice. As expressed in “Moneyball” by Brad Pitt as the general manager of the A’s: Adapt or die.

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Mobile revives the late-news appetite

Given the trends underscored by the latest report from comScore, Digital Omnivores, we may be in a window where people one day will say they were at one of the last newspaper organizations NOT to have an online PM strategy. This is the next generational shift.

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