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The Upshot’s vote-estimating algorithm will probably do a better job of telling you who’s ahead tonight

Election Day (more accurately, Election Night) is a great time for news organization to show off a little — to break out the visualizations, the maps, the real-time dashboards, the livestreamed video, and all the other digital tools in their toolkit. Like the Olympics and political conventions, election nights are both big and scheduled, meaning...

Philly’s lauded GunCrisis.org is stopping daily gun-crime reporting

The nonprofit Gun Crisis Reporting Project is dedicated to just one topic: chronicling gun violence in Philadelphia. That focus lets it cover the beat more closely than any other outlet, and it’s a subject that matters (more than 2,000 gunpoint robberies so far this year!). It’s gotten attention from CNN, MSNBC, CJR, the Australian Broadcasting...

By the book: How Belt Publishing led to an online magazine covering the industrial Midwest

Late last month, 4,000 books were delivered to Belt Publishing’s office in Cleveland from a printer one state over in Scranton. “Me — and hopefully two, but maybe just one other person — are going to take them off of the truck and then bring them into the office, so that’s the end of the...

The Texas Tribune is 5 years old and sustainable. Now what?

The newsroom of The Texas Tribune is buzzing in the waning days of the 2014 election. Covering political contests takes a kind of muscle memory, something the nonprofit news site has accumulated since it first appeared in 2009 with the mission of covering politics, policy, and government in the capital of the Lone Star state....

From rumor to out: Tim Cook reminds us that “unpublishable” facts don’t live in an vacuum online

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s public acknowledgment that he’s gay is a welcome moment for dozens of reasons. Cook becomes the first out CEO of a Fortune 500 company, at the most successful company in the world, proving (as if it needed to be proved) that industry leaders can have any gender or orientation. Cook’s push...

Ken Doctor: The New York Times’ financials show the transition to digital accelerating

Call it an acceleration of the digital transition. Those are the words that best describe this morning’s New York Times Co. Q3 financial report and conference call. Take the month of October — the biggest ad revenue month of the year for the Times. Digital advertising will be up about 15 percent this month, says Times...

Before the “teaching model” of journalism education: 5 questions to ask

Thousands of words have been written these past couple of years about “the teaching hospital model” of journalism education, and I’ve read most of them. I’m a stakeholder because I teach reporting in the newsroom of the Columbia Missourian, the digital-first, five-day-a-week community newspaper affiliated with the Missouri School of Journalism. When Walter Williams created...

Controlled chaos: As journalism and documentary film converge in digital, what lessons can they share?

Documentary film and journalism are, in many ways, rooted in the same traditions. Though focus on narrative often differentiates film from traditional journalism, it helps to remember that the earliest films were straightforward recordings of real life, such as trains pulling into stations Decades after L’arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat, journalists like...

The near future of First Look’s next site, Racket, looks fuzzy

Andrew Rice reported for New York magazine’s Daily Intelligencer earlier today that Matt Taibbi has gone missing from First Look’s New York offices “after disagreements with higher-ups inside Omidyar’s organization,” where he’s supposed to be launching new digital political satire rag Racket. Sources confirmed that Taibbi has been absent from the office for several weeks,...

The newsonomics of the Sun-Times national/local network play

Coming, officially today, to your hometown: A templatized, national/local, ready-to-go network of 70 news sites and apps that aim to make use of all the au courant digital news business knowledge of the day. It’s called the Sun-Times Network, and it’s the latest attempt to try to do local news at a national scale. It’s...

The New York Times Co. and Axel Springer are investing €3 million in Dutch startup Blendle

The New York Times Company and German publisher Axel Springer are collectively investing €3 million in Blendle, a Dutch news startup where readers pay by the article, Blendle announced Sunday. Blendle said it will use the Series A funding to expand to additional European countries beyond the Netherlands over the next two years. In an...

Confused by all the various ways the Knight Foundation funds projects? Here’s a guide

The Knight Foundation (disclosure: a funder of Nieman Lab) gives money to a lot of journalism and journalism-adjacent projects. But they often work through a variety of contests and programs that aren’t always clear to outsiders. (Most famously, the Knight News Challenge, which has “news” right there in the name, has lately been funding projects...

You can now listen to a podcast in a tweet (and keep on scrolling)

Back in May, we told you about how WNYC was using a Twitter Player Card to embed audio into its tweets. It was pretty nifty! But it came with a few technical hiccups: It’s not a perfect experience. Twitter is all about the stream, scrolling through tweets — it’s not exactly optimized for having the...

Apple’s new iMac with Retina 5K display risks making your web pages a little heavier

Apple just announced a brand new iMac with a Retina display — Apple’s term for a display with pixels small enough that they can’t under normal use be detected by the human eye. Retina started on the iPhone, graduated to the iPad, then moved to the MacBook Pro — but now it’s moving to Apple’s...

Breaking up the pledge drive: Boston’s WBUR wants to build a new model for public media funding

embership is having a moment in the world of media. Companies like The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times among others are attempting to develop new sources of revenue or deeper relationships with readers through a variety of affiliation programs. The idea: A tighter bond between audience and publisher will pay...

Here is the new batch of Visiting Fellows at the Nieman Foundation

I’m very happy to point you toward the new group of Visiting Fellows here at the Nieman Foundation, of which Nieman Lab is a part. Regular Lab readers will spot several people who’ve appeared in (or written) stories here in the past. Go here for the full press release; the winners are listed below. A...

Events, a speakers bureau, and education partnerships: 8 projects at news nonprofits get funded

Back in April, we told you about a new grant program that funds small innovation projects at nonprofit news organizations. The INNovation Fund — awkward capitalization courtesy of its home at the Investigative News Network, though the money comes from Knight — gave out $236,280 to eight projects in that first round of grants. Well,...

Ken Doctor: How interim is everything about the Orange County Register?

Lots of words come to mind to describe Aaron Kushner’s Orange County Register. The best one may be the title that’s been given to Kushner’s successor as CEO and publisher: interim. Can we call the announcement of casino executive Rich Mirman as Kushner’s replacement a surprise? Hardly. That’s a word that’s gotten an exhaustive workout...

Knight Prototype Fund announces funding for 18 new projects

Eighteen projects aimed at improving journalism or media are each receiving $35,000 in seed funding from Knight Foundation as part of the latest round of funding from the Knight Prototype Fund, the foundation just announced. (Disclosure: Knight also funds Nieman Lab, though not through the Prototype Fund.) The grant recipients range from the Harvard Library...

The newsonomics of MLB’s pioneering mobile experience

There was the voice of Jon Miller, baseball’s best and wittiest game caller, setting the scene for me, some 5,000 miles away from San Francisco’s AT&T Park. As Travis Ishikawa strode to the plate, my Shinkansen bullet train was headed north out of Kanazawa, Japan — quite ironically, the seat of Ishikawa Prefecture. As Ishikawa...

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