In today’s newsletter, we find an example that runs counter or Betteridge’s Law. For my non-British readers, Betteridge’s Law, coined and named after Ian Betteridge is:
This story is a great demonstration of my maxim that any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word “no.” The reason why journalists use that style of headline is that they know the story is probably bullshit, and don’t actually have the sources and facts to back it up, but still want to run it.Betteridge’s law of headlines, Wikipedia
That is a long-winded way of saying that in this
Nieman Lab looks at why journalism contests should rethink their fee structure as more and more journalists find themselves freelancing whether they like it or not.
Suchandrika Chakrabarti, my friend
And this LinkedIn post of hers is definitely going into the newsletter tomorrow. She starts the post off with: