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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...

Un-faking the news

Much has been said and written about fake news. It all boils down to this: It’s the arch nemesis of journalism. The moment you get involved, you get infected. You draw attention to this nonsense, spreading rumors by debunking them. So far, we’ve ignored the worst rumors, the most absurd conspiracy theories. When they went...

Not just covering communities, reaching them

Do you know how to get into the feed of a reader who distrusts, or hates, your news organization? Many of us in the digital trenches of news have been engaged in a street fight for human attention for some time now. But that street fight has recently turned into something more consequential, more militarized....

Journalism is community-as-a-service

News organizations are reeling. The 2016 election upended a lot of our ideas about our work — most disturbingly that reported, factual journalism is valued and trusted less than a cheap, clumsy imitation of itself. But the problem isn’t Macedonian teens or the fake news that made them rich. The problem is that we’ve forgotten...

Making it easy

From the moment they wake up to the moment they go to sleep, most people check their phones incessantly, whether they’re in work meetings, a supermarket, a bus, a bar, or the bathroom. And while they’re reading, watching, listening, messaging, liking, or sharing, they’re also being bombarded with notifications of different kinds. Now, on top...

Getting comfortable asking for money

More and more news organizations will realize that, to survive, they need to ask their audiences for money. Whether it’s a membership program with exclusive benefits or crowdfunding campaigns for specific reporting projects, the people who value good journalism must be asked to help pay for it. News organizations spend so much time telling everyone...

Verification takes center stage

Skills in social media verification will become a priority for newsroom hires in 2017. Two years ago, for a research project I was working on, I talked to journalists about the ways user-generated content was handled in their newsrooms. During one interview, an editor actually recreated the groan that went around the news meetings whenever...

Newsonomics: The 2016 media year by the numbers, and a look toward 2017

2016 goes down as a memorable year for those in and around the media. Though audience levels have never been higher, the digital transformation burden weighed ever more heavily on news media’s back. Then “the media” saw itself pummeled endlessly in the run-up to the election and even more in the weeks following November 8....

The Knight Foundation is matching up to $1.5 million in donations to nonprofit news outlets

The Knight Foundation is matching up to $1.5 million in donations to more than 50 nonprofit news organizations, the foundation said Monday. Participating organizations are eligible for up to $25,000 in matching grants. (Full disclosure: The Nieman Foundation, which is home to us here at Nieman Lab, is participating in the matching program; you can...

Virtual reality on the open web

In 2015 and 2016, we saw news organizations interested in new impactful ways of telling stories take on the virtual reality challenge to create good content. Anyone who has experienced virtual reality in an Oculus, Samsung Gear, HTC Vive, or even a Google Cardboard headset understands the allure. With its 360° views, stereoscopic depth, and,...

Rise of the rebel journalist

It’s my belief the outcome of the 2016 election will be the genesis of a new form of journalist and journalism. The ill-equipped manner in which the media interacted with the populace and unduly influenced the election has led to the birth of a rebellion for what will be a new journalistic movement in 2017....

2017 is for the attention innovators

In the United States, this was the year electoral politics embraced memes in full force. From the “This is fine” dog to #NastyWoman tweets to Make America Great Again selfies, social media users on all sides of the aisle took notice and faved, shared, and remixed. They even transformed those digital memes into physical ones,...

Failing diversity is failing journalism

If your newsroom isn’t diverse, you’re failing at journalism. 2017 should be the year that publications should finally embrace this notion. A newsroom that represents the country we cover is what a newsroom is supposed to look like. Anything short of that is wrong. If the mission is to hold our institutions and politicians responsible,...

Women are going to get loud

Shhh. What’s that sound? Listen very carefully. Can you hear it? If you’re listening for any mention of women or gender or sexism or misogyny in the mainstream media post-election narrative, don’t bother — you won’t hear a damn thing. That storyline has been written out of the narrative, replaced by narratives about how gee,...

Public trust for private realities

It’s impossible to discuss what 2017 will bring for media without considering how this election has rocked assumptions about journalism’s relationship with both the public and those in power. On November 9, many people found themselves questioning how they had failed to see the scale of support behind Donald Trump. How could it be, when...

Truthiness in private spaces

In this year’s election, one of the inescapable media trends was the dissemination — in large numbers, across borders, from an ever-growing set of “news organizations” — of news stories light on truth. Many of these stories were produced in “fake news” shops and circulated in ideologically friendly online communities. While many of these stories...

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