Blog Profile / Nieman Journalism Lab


URL :http://www.niemanlab.org
Filed Under:Media / Media Industry News
Posts on Regator:3111
Posts / Week:7.9
Archived Since:September 4, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Independent Journal Review wants to be recognized (and not just for its impressive traffic numbers)

Before Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated to the Supreme Court last week, news organizations were largely reporting that Donald Trump had whittled his original list of potential nominees down to two and was playing reality-show with the nomination process, as both Gorsuch and another prospective nominee, Thomas Hardiman, headed to Washington ahead of the final...

Don’t ask users to tag unemployed friends (and other lessons for newsrooms on Facebook)

You wouldn’t leap into a conversation by asking a stranger to write you an editorial on respect for human life, or name friends who have trouble affording childcare. But news organizations are making some of those same mistakes in attempts to engage readers on Facebook. It’s important to, instead, “interact like a human”: That’s one...

Twitter rolls out three new ways to fight abuse

Twitter has long been criticized for how it handles abuse and trolls on its platform, and on Tuesday the company unveiled its latest attempt to deal with the problem with three new features. Just the beginning, more to come… https://t.co/cpZYUtY6aO — Ed Ho (@mrdonut) February 7, 2017 Twitter said it will prevent previously suspended users...

The true crime show that’s gotten comparisons to Serial is heading for a second season and a new case

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 106, published February 7, 2017. The Serial team forms a new production company, Serial Productions, and drops details on its latest project. This story got tons of pick-up when it was announced last Wednesday — getting write-ups on Variety, Deadline, EW.com, and Vulture, which I wrote...

Follow the Money is both good advice for journalists and an investigative site aiming for 20,000 paying members

There’s a famous scene in the film version of All the President’s Men. Woodward and Bernstein have hit a wall in their reporting. So Woodward, played by Robert Redford, goes to meet his source — Deep Throat — in a parking garage. Deep Throat won’t explicitly tell Woodward what he wants to know, but instead...

As a presidential election looms in France, Google and Facebook team up with news outlets to factcheck

In France, Google and Facebook are hoping to get ahead of the “fake news” fury that exploded in the U.S. shortly after the November presidential election. Google announced Monday it’s teaming up with media outlets from Agence France-Presse to BuzzFeed News to Le Monde on a countrywide factchecking initiative the partners are calling CrossCheck. As...

Univision’s plans for the former Gawker sites: A shared business backend, less duplication, and a push into TV

What exactly is Fusion? is a question many asked when the Univision- and ABC/Disney-backed television venture first launched, and asked again when it began hiring big-name journalists to helm its digital news arm, and again when the news site debuted in 2015. What Fusion wanted to be evolved yet again, as it expanded its target...

The history of American conspiracy theories holds some lessons for fake news debunkers, says Jessie Walker

“Pundits tend to write off political paranoia as a feature of the fringe, a disorder that occasionally flares up until the sober center can put out the flames. They’re wrong.” Jesse Walker, books editor at Reason Magazine, wrote that in his 2013 book The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory, though the idea could just...

How local publisher Technically Media is trying to diversify its business with a focus on community

Last winter, Christopher Wink and Brian James Kirk, the cofounders of Technically Media, realized they’d made a mistake. The Philadelphia-based company, which publishes local tech sites in five Mid-Atlantic markets, had crossed $1 million in revenue for the first time in 2015, finishing with about $1.1 million. It had also grown by making its first...

Newspaper readers in the U.K. still spend nearly 90 percent of their time with print. Oh well?

When The New York Times released its earnings report this week, most of the immediate attention was on digital: The Times added 276,000 net new digital subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2016 — its best quarter since 2011, when it first launched its paywall. But all of those new digital readers — and an...

What happens when a mid-sized city loses its last daily newspaper? Guelph, Ontario offers a case study

For newspapers, death comes slowly, then all at once. One year ago, Canadian newspaper company Metroland Media announced that the 149-year-old “intensely local” Guelph Mercury, one of the oldest newspapers in the country, would stop publishing its print edition. The announcement came on a Monday; on Friday, Jan. 29, the paper printed its last issue,...

Reddit’s /r/worldnews community used a series of nudges to push users to fact-check suspicious news

To curb the spread of unreliable news, should news organizations and platforms turn to algorithms or rely on users themselves? One recent experiment suggests a potential solution could combine the two. In a recent collaboration withShow More Summary

If small newspapers are going to survive, they’ll have to be more than passive observers to the news

Within a few hours of Donald Trump being declared president-elect, the first wave of reflections about the future of news media began to emerge. The existential crisis comes at a time when the economics for much of our industry — especially newspapers — remains as challenging as ever. John Oliver’s clarion call to support organizations...

Marketplace doesn’t “believe in the view from nowhere,” but still fired a reporter over a blog post

The Trump administration is different: Newsrooms seem to agree on this. Whether it’s The New York Times committing an extra $5 million to cover it, outlets like CNN beefing up investigative reporting, or Reuters pledging to use what it’s learned covering countries like China and Zimbabwe in the U.S., institutions are recognizing that the new...

The boundaries of journalism — and who gets to make it, consume it, and criticize it — are expanding

Is the Donald Trump era — an era teeming with existential uncertainty for the media — also an opportunity for reinvention? Reporters and editors from prominent news organizations waded through challenges of being journalists in the current political (and technological) climate at a Harvard University event on Tuesday evening. Speakers from outlets from The Huffington...

Kathleen Kingsbury: How The Boston Globe decided it had reached its threshold for moral outrage

Like most journalists I know, every morning, when I wake up, literally the first thing I do is check my phone. On the morning of Sunday, June 12, I found six emails from CNN — breaking news alerts. It wasn’t even 7 a.m. yet. Dozens of people had been killed in a nightclub shooting in...

Brian Stelter: We need to talk about whether news as we know it can survive a post-fact era

This is it. This is the time that journalists live for. You can feel it watching cable news — you can feel it holding the paper, reading the paper if you still read the paper in print. You can sense that journalists know this is a historic moment — for the country, but for the...

Lolly Bowean: When we tell our communities’ stories, we show people how to relate to one another

You know, it may look glamorous, but being a working journalist has its high moments and some challenging moments. There are times such as this one: (a recording of Lolly trying to get a quote from Rahm Emanuel) Yes, that is me trying to get a comment from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. And yes, that...

Bill Kristol: Remember, demagogues thrived long before the Internet disintermediated the news, too

I don’t have a professional journalist background, but obviously, having edited The Weekly Standard for 20-plus years, and also having dealt with journalists a lot when I was in government and politics and in other ways, I have a couple of thoughts. I’ll make three points, and I’ll try to keep them very simple, since...

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC