Journalists concerned about declining quality in their trade

epa06875208 London Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Assistant Commissioner of Specialist Operations Neil Basu makes a statement to the press outside of the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, in central London, Britain, 09 July 2018, regarding the recent Novichok poisoning in the Wiltshire area. The MPS reported on 09 July 2018 that Neil Basu said that we have now launched a murder investigation after learning that Dawn Sturgess died in hospital on 08 July 2018. 'Dawn aged 44 years old from Durrington, Wiltshire, leaves behind two grown-up sons; aged 19 and 23; an 11-year-old daughter; and her mother and father. Dawn aged 44, and a man, aged 45, who are both local to the area and are British nationals, were hospitalised on 30 June 2018, following their potential exposure to the nerve agent Novichok. A number of scenes, believed to be the areas the individuals frequented in the period before they fell ill, remain cordoned off in and around the Amesbury and Salisbury area as a precautionary measure. These include, Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury. A property at John Baker House, Rolleston Street, Salisbury. A property on Muggleton Road, Amesbury. Boots the Chemist, Stonehenge Walk, Amesbury. Amesbury Baptist Centre on Butterfield Drive, Amesbury. The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down confirmed to police that the man and woman had been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok. At present, British Counter Terrorism Policing Network, investigations are unable to say whether or not the nerve agent found in this incident is linked to the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal. However, this remains our main line of enquiry. EPA-EFE/RICK FINDLER

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Three-quarters of journalists are concerned about the future of the profession while about three-fifths see declining quality as one of its biggest threats, a survey has claimed.

The figures emerged from a survey conducted by data management firm Cxense which surveyed 153 journalists from the UK, Europe and the United States about the state of the media industry.

Of those surveyed just 46 percent had a negative outlook on the future of the industry, compared to 38 percent who feel positive about it.

Only 7 percent of the journalists, who were reached through social media display advertising, agreed with the statement that being a journalist meant having good job security.

hen asked what they felt were the biggest threats to the media trade, 60 percent of respondents said a decline in quality was a major issue with just over half (56 percent) laying blame at the feet of readers reluctant to pay for online content.

The Cxense report added that about half of the journalists said fake news (48 percent), dependency on advertising revenue (47 percent), shrinking newsrooms (47 percent) and the decline of print (44 percent) threatened the profession.

There were 35 percent that saw the failure to prepare for digital transformation as one of journalism’s biggest threats.

Around nine in ten of the survey respondents (89 percent) felt the increasing use of technology in journalism was a good thing.

Paywalls were viewed as a possible saviour of the news business, with 42 percent of journalists saying they liked paywalls and 39 percent saying they didn’t like them but felt they were necessary.

Via Press Gazette

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