It is a golden rule of journalism, taught to any news reporter at the beginning of their career - your introduction should grab the reader straight away. If you cannot hold someone's attention for a sentence, you have no hope of getting them to read the rest of your article. The same is true for headlines; stark, witty or intriguing ones can draw the reader's eye to a story. Headline writing has long been considered a skill but, in the digital age, a new word has become synonymous with online journalism - clickbait. Put simply, it is a headline which tempts the reader to click on the link to the story.
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When Jamaican journalist Andrea Downer spotted a little boy washing her car windscreen at the traffic lights in Kingston, she found he belonged to a family network of beggars. It led to extensive investigations into children's homes in the capital and ultimately an award for journalism that influences policy. It made me feel like I was doing more than filling space in the paper," she says. Another sort of journalism runs as follows: reporters from the developed world take the first plane to cover an earthquake in Kashmir, a drought in Niger, or a hurricane in the Caribbean, looking at the disaster and helpless misery that results.
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Citizen Journalist in action. Source: Adriana Mageros. Citizen Journalist preparing to speak to members of the public for an upcoming, home-made documentry.
The story, nevertheless, is one of hundreds NPR has reported about the Gates Foundation or the work it funds, including myriad favorable pieces written from the perspective of Gates or its grantees. Charles Koch has made charitable donations to journalistic institutions such as the Poynter Institute, as well as to news organizations such as the Daily Caller News Foundation, that support his conservative politics. As philanthropists increasingly fill in the funding gaps at news organizations—a role that is almost certain to expand in the media downturn following the coronavirus pandemic—an underexamined worry is how this will affect the ways newsrooms report on their benefactors. Nowhere does this concern loom larger than with the Gates Foundation, a leading donor to newsrooms and a frequent subject of favorable news coverage. The foundation even helped fund a report from the American Press Institute that was used to develop guidelines on how newsrooms can maintain editorial independence from philanthropic funders.