Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism

Report released on communication graduates income is misleading

According to Journalism in the Americas, a report released from the National Association of Colleges and Employers claims the average starting salaries of communications majors has risen 3.3 percent, totaling $40,900.

The report’s assessment surprised many readers including The Columbia Journalism Review. The CJR called the numbers “fuzzy” and stated that inflation, freelancers, interns and unemployed graduates are not accounted for. In addition, there is no distinction between graduates who find jobs in journalism or select another career.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics collected data from May 2011 and released a report stating the yearly income for reporters and correspondents falls between $20,000 to $75,420 and a median of $34,870.

Press Freedom Ranking for the Americas is Deceptively Positive

The annual report of Reporters Without Borders that ranks media freedom in 179 countries has claimed that press freedom is healthier in the Americas than most other regions. Though the Americas received a score placing them closely behind Europe, the setbacks in press freedom documented last year have led the press freedom organization to report this positive scoring is deceptive.
The report contends that numbers aside, violence and political polarization continue to be challenges for journalism in the Americas.

This is exemplified by the report’s recognition of Cuba as the single nation in the Americas listed among the ten worst press freedom countries in the world. Mexico is identified as, “the hemisphere’s most dangerous country for the media.” Deaths, violence and censorship within Brazil throughout 2012 has sent the country to a ranking of 108.

In a surprising shift, Canada lost its top tier position as press freedom leader and narrowly avoided dropping out of the top 20 ranking.

C.I.A. Officer Sentenced to Prison for News Media Leaks

John C. Kiriakou was the first Central Intelligence Agency officer sentenced for leaking the identity of an undercover agency officer to a freelance writer, according to The New York Times.

Sentenced on Friday to 30 months in prison, this is the first time a C.I.A. officer will serve prison time for offering classified information to the media.

The Obama administration had pledged to become the most “transparent administration in history”. The Committee to Protect Journalists has criticized Obama’s first term for fighting freedom of information requests and aggressively going after whistleblowers who leaked classified information.

Kiriakou’s sentencing makes him the first person in 27 years to be prosecuted under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, reported the Times.

By Chelsea Stuart.

Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism.
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