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The new relationship between editors, freelancers: unexplored territory for A&T journalism researchers

As newspapers depend more on freelance journalists to produce content for print and online publications, a study by two North Carolina A&T researchers examines the pros and cons of the newspaper editor and freelance journalist relationship in the digital age.

The study was conducted by Kim Smith, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, and Emily Harris, M.A.J., a lecturer in the department and advisor to the award-winning A&T Register student newspaper. The researchers found no studies in the literature focusing on the editor/freelance journalist relationship in the digital age.

Such a study is important because of the dramatic changes taking place in the newspaper business. More newspapers are downsizing their full-time news staffs as print readership and ad revenues decrease, while online readership and ad revenue increase. Unable to hire full-time reporters to provide content for print and 24-hour online publications, some newspapers are forced to hire freelance (part-time) journalists, who get paid by story and receive no benefits.

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Journalists, communications pros to visit, discuss civil rights, news media and crisis communications

What: Media Coverage of Civil and Human Rights in 2013: Unfiltered and Unbiased? Two town-hall sessions sponsored by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.

When and where:  This Friday, Nov. 1, beginning at 11 a.m. in Crosby Hall.

Background: Many civil and human rights-related news events have occurred this year, including the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the trial in the killing of Trayvon Martin, the 50th anniversaries of the Birmingham Bombing and the March on Washington, North Carolina’s Moral Mondays, and the continuing financial difficulties of the International Civil Rights Museum.

First session: Media Accuracy in Civil and Human Rights, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., to be held in the Television Studio, third floor. Speakers will include:

  • Bob Butler, National Association of Black Journalists;
  • Kerry Charles, FOX 8 anchor and president of the Triad Association of Black Journalists;
  • Dr. Vanessa G. Cunningham-Engram, journalism faculty member, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications;
  • Dexter Mullins,  digital news producer for Al Jazeera America and A&T alumnus;
  • Dr. Kim Smith, journalism faculty member, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications; and
  • Cassandra Wynn, journalism professor at Johnson C. Smith University and A&T alumna;

Second session: Crisis Communications in Civil Rights, 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Room 215.  Speakers will include: 

  • Shawn Jackson, A&T graduate and current intern at Edelman, the global public relations firm based in Chicago, Ill.;
  • Denada Jackson, owner of Bella Roca PR & Events in Charlotte and A&T alumna;
  • Irish Gaymon-Spencer, owner of The Spencer Group Inc. in Greensboro and A&T alumna; and
  • Ricky Clemons, PR faculty member, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Sponsored by: The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

Reception: A reception honoring Sandra Hughes, longtime local television journalist, will be held from 1:15–2 p.m. in Room 217. Hughes, who also teaches at A&T, is a recipient of this year’s Piedmont Triad National Conference for Community and Justice award and citation.

Further information: Contact Bonnie Newman Davis, the Greensboro News & Record-Janice Bryant Howroyd Endowed Professor of Journalism, at Bbdavis1@ncat.edu or 336 334-7900.