Journalists Are Stuck in the Hamster Wheel While A Washington Redskin Offends Women Sportscasters Everywhere, Plus Other News of the Day

– Rich, wealthy consumers picked up fewer magazines last year. The annual Ipsos Mendelsohn Affluent Survey said that magazine readership among affluent consumers plummeted by 16 percent. It’s the first double-digit decline in the survey. Why the sudden drop? E-readers. More than 2 million owned e-readers, according to Ad Age, and 3.1 million expect to buy an e-reader or tablet computer in the next year. Those magazine apps just increased in importance.

– Journalists, do you feel you’re stuck in a hamster wheel while at work? Do you quickly throw out copy, knowing it lacks relevance, but the need to keep copy going is more important than searching for the best story? hamsterwheel.jpgThat’s how Columbia Journalism Review’s Dean Starkman describes the current environment. “The Hamster Wheel, then, is investigations you will never see, good work left undone, public service not performed,” writes Starkman. “It is the perceived imperative to churn out every story that might have been nice to have had, at some point, maybe, given unlimited resources, but that, given highly constrained news budgets, should be allowed to recede into history unrecorded-or unrecorded by you, even if it is recorded by a thousand others.”

– Remember the Wall Street Journal reporter arrested during the Rod Blagojevich trial? Doug Belkin had asked questions at the wrong time and was consequently charged with “disturbance” and “disobeying signs and directions.” Well the charges were as insignificant as his actions seemed, because a magistrate judge has dismissed the case. Enjoy that sweet taste of freedom, Belkin.

– Everyone wants to comment on the reporter who’s at the center of a NFL investigation after New York Jets’ coaches and players reportedly made cat-calls and unprofessional comments towards the sports personality Ines Sainz. Even a Washington Redskins’ running back chimed in, and I’m guessing it will not make women sportscasters happy. “You put a woman and you give her a choice of 53 athletes, somebody got to be appealing to her.” said Clinton Portis. “Somebody got to spark her interest, or she’s gonna want somebody. I don’t know what kind of woman won’t, if you get to go and look at 53 men’s packages.” I think he’s missing the point.

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