Paying For News – Who Does It?

Last week, Jeff Fager, the executive producer for 60 Minutes spoke at the Excellence in Journalism Conference in New Orleans. Among other things, he declared that CBS News is not going to pay for content. He went on to say, “If there’s ever any suggestion that we have to pay for something we just walk away and find another story.”

Almost exactly a week later, on 60 Minutes, a story aired about two sister cities in California and Japan and their connection before and after the tsunami that hit the region in Japan in March 2011.

In the piece, Bob Simon reports, “At our invitation, she came back to Otsuchi…” He was talking about a woman from Fort Bragg, California going to visit the sister city of  Otsuchi, Japan.

Does the invitation include having expenses paid? A tweet directly to 60 Minutes, as well as an open question via Twitter went unanswered.

Anyone have the answer?


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