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The Timmerman Report is putting customer service at the center of its one-man news business

When it comes to running your own one-person media company, the hardest problems are often the smallest. In 2015, veteran biotech reporter Luke Timmerman set out on his own to launch The Timmerman Report, a $149-a-year subscription product that offering original news and analysis about the biotech industry. The product quickly found its audience: Within ten...

The Internet Archive is building up a Trump presidential library — of everything he’s ever said, on video

President-elect Donald J. Trump says a lot of things — and often denies a lot of the things he’s said. The Internet Archive launched Thursday a huge Trump Archive dedicated to housing videos of everything Trump’s said on video: in everything from broadcast speeches, debates, interviews, and newscasts about the President-elect. The archive currently contains...

Under its new CEO, New York Magazine is branching out into more “voice-y news products”

New York magazine will be 50 years old next year, and though in that time it’s suffered a couple bumps and bruises — its print edition went biweekly in 2014 — it’s often come out stronger on the other side. (It got more honors than any other publication at the National Magazine Awards last year.)...

With its subscribers Facebook group, The Boston Globe is mining the stickiest corners of the platform

The Boston Globe’s Facebook page is approaching half a million likes. But for a regional outlet that’s staked its future on paying subscribers, glancing interest from Facebook users doesn’t then turn into a pipeline for loyal readers and subscribers. “We’ve squeezed all the water out of the Facebook page stone — where the pages are...

BuzzFeed’s Tasty cookbook sold enough copies on a single site in 2 months to make it one of the bestselling cookbooks of the year

Tasty: The Cookbook, from BuzzFeed’s wildly popular cooking vertical Tasty, is not only not sold in bookstores, it’s also not sold on Amazon. You can buy it in one place, this website, and people are doing that: Bloomberg reports that the customizable cookbook — you choose which categories you want in it, and it’s printed...

“Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”: Local news could see a windfall from the FCC’s spectrum auction

Last year, the Federal Communications Commission launched an auction that will allow broadcasters to sell all or parts of their broadcast spectrum, which could then be purchased by wireless carriers looking to expand their reach. Some analysts initially projected that just public TV stations could bring in as much as

Medium lays off dozens as it tries to find a publishing business model that may not actually exist yet

Last March, Ev Williams described his publishing platform, Medium, as a superior alternative to the rest of the web. “It’s a simplistic view to say go where the people are,” Williams said. “You need to go where the right people are.” Turns out that being among the right people — the publishers, tech executives, and...

The New York Times wants to offer you a guided tour of the Met (and eventually a lot more too)

An increasingly product-focused New York Times is building on the idea that it has a lot more to offer readers than each day’s news. With “Make the Most of The Met,” its first museum guide, the Times is giving readers its own tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, highlighting some of the museums’s most...

Iterate, iterate, iterate: How The Wall Street Journal made its push notifications more attention-worthy

Last August, The Wall Street Journal set a push alert about a story about how alcohol companies are responding to new research that shows consumption of adult beverages might increase the risk of cancer. The notification could’ve been a fairly staid report on industry trends, but the Journal decided to try and make the story...

Here are some ways to make it easier for new employees joining a newsroom to get up to speed

What do you wish you knew on your first day stepping into a new newsroom? What guidelines do you wish you had left for your successors at your old newsroom? Many newsrooms don’t have any formal systems in place for passing on the ins-and-outs of a big project to newcomers, mostly because, well, journalists are...

Your predictions are our present

Dear American colleagues: Look abroad. Your predictions for 2017 are probably already happening somewhere else. The time when everything in journalism and media happened in the States and was then exported to the rest of the world is over. The financial crisis hit European countries so hard that not only the news industry was reconfigured,...

Comments start pulling their weight

2017 will be the year news comments finally start pulling their weight. The recent wave of news sites nixing comments illustrates the complicated relationship most organizations have with comment sections. By turning comments off, publishers deliberately turn away the same “active users” that make social platforms like Facebook so valuable to advertisers. And it’s no...

The year of the user

Five years of chasing clicks has made browsing the news one of the worst user experiences on the Internet. Depending on the size of the homepage takeover, it can be hard to tell if you’re looking at a slot machine or a news website. Prestigious publications have pushdown video ads playing between the paragraphs of...

The year of transparency in Brazilian journalism

If 2016 was the post-truth year, 2017 will be the year of transparency for Brazilian journalism. More than a prediction, it’s a necessity for professionals and publications that want to reaffirm a contract of confidence with the public. The good news is that there’s room to mend our relationships with readers, viewers, listeners, and Internet...

Hot Pod: Smart speakers, TV adaptations, newsier podcasts, and other things to watch for in 2017

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 101, published December 20, 2016. There’s not a lot of big news this week, but there are some chunky ideas to break into! Predictions. It’s that most wonderful time of the year, when the annual Nieman Lab Predictions for Journalism series trickles in to fill...

At The Atlantic, campaign coverage innovations are finding new life and applications after the election

Regardless of your feelings about its outcome, the 2016 presidential election was unquestionably historic, in large part because how how bizarre and aberrant it often was. This was a reality that become clear to The Atlantic back in May, when longtime writer James Fallows launched “Trump Time Capsule,” an ongoing feature that meant to chronicle...

Feeling blue in a red state

Remember Kim Davis, the world’s most famous county clerk? In 2015, she was in the national and international news for months. Although state law required it, she refused to sign the marriage license of a gay couple. She went to jail. The press hoard descended on Rowan County in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. How...

Objectivity, fairness, balance, and love

It is an extraordinary time and, as history demonstrates, times of unpredictability and flux are when tried and true forms for human expression are broken and expanded. Think Brahms, who ribboned his melodies across bar lines, shaking off the constraints of measured beats, helping to move out of the classical and into the romantic periods...

Thanks, #fakenews

The intrusion of fake news into the media ecosystem has been met with fear and outrage. Yet fake news might trigger a good thing,? too: A reminder of the extraordinary value of truth and perhaps a realization that, after much agonizing over the viability of the news business, there is a raison d’être beyond the...

A rebirth of populist journalism

A prediction is always a commentary on the current situation in disguise, but this year, our disguise won’t fool anyone. So bear with us as we pretend to say something about the future that is pretty much about the present, and, even worse, as we try to find some answers in the past. As everyone...

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