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Not a revolution (yet): Data journalism hasn’t changed that much in 4 years, a new paper finds

When you hear the words “data journalism,” you also often hear words like “revolution” and “future.” But — according to a new paper that looks at a couple hundred international data journalism projects nominated for awards over four years — most of the journalism itself hasn’t changed as much as you’d think: It still mostly...

One of India’s most famous newspapermen is turning to digital with a political journalism platform

In 2014, when Shekhar Gupta stepped down as CEO and editor-in-chief of The Indian Express, speculation swirled around his next move. Gupta is one of India’s most famous journalists, arguably the last of a tribe of celebrity editors almost as famous as their publications. During his 19-year reign at the English-language publication, Gupta transformed the...

The New York Times released new staff social media guidelines, so phew, thankfully that’s settled

Last night, in an event at George Washington University, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet talked about his frustration with the social media profiles of some of the Times’ reporters and editors: “I’ve spent full days policing our social media,” executive editor Dean Baquet said, adding that he’s called reporters personally. Baquet said his...

Even smart people are shockingly bad at analyzing sources online. This might be an actual solution.

Many smart people are still very bad at evaluating sources. Stanford’s Sam Wineburg and Sarah McGrew observed “10 Ph.D. historians, 10 professional fact checkers, and 25 Stanford University undergraduates…as they evaluated live websites...Show More Summary

As news organizations around the world struggle with advertising, more are prioritizing the individual reader

Journalism is going through a moment of self-reckoning. News organizations around the world are trying to repair or improve readers’ perceptions of their work, while also trying to figure out how to make real money sustainably while playing on Facebook and Google’s turf (and not just to stem print losses). So they focus increasingly on...

With $440,000 in funding, MuckRock is expanding its mission to improve access to public records

Here’s something surprising about MuckRock, the nonprofit site created to increase access to public records: While the site was founded over seven years ago, neither one of its founders have been working on the project full-time. That’s changing. MuckRock said Thursday that it’s raised $440,000 from The Knight Foundation and The Democracy Fund, which will...

With its new reporting network, ProPublica wants to fund investigative reporters around the U.S.

ProPublica is going local. Last week the organization announced the ProPublica Local Reporting Network, a new initiative that will pay the full-time salaries and benefits of six journalists as they do investigative reporting within their local communities. With the effort, ProPublica wants, however slightly, to help fill some of the gaps left by the hollowing-out...

Everyone loves push alerts, but there are problems. Like: What if readers don’t actually open them?

How many push alerts is too many? What are the biggest challenges for news organizations sending out alerts? What happens if readers don’t even click through? Upcoming research from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia and the Guardian U.S. Mobile Innovation Lab takes a look at how news organizations are sending out push...

Couldn’t make it to ONA this year in D.C.? Here’s a meta-roundup of roundups and resources for you

We missed you at ONA this year to talk shop about local news, fears around monetization, Facebook and other platforms, fact-checking, mobile design, social media best practices, women in media, and more. But not to worry, nearly every session was recorded and audio posted (see this list of resources ONA has helpfully compiled on its...

Franklin Foer wants journalism to liberate itself from Facebook

In March 2012, when Chris Hughes, the billionaire cofounder of Facebook, took over The New Republic and brought back Franklin Foer as editor, the two were filled with a sense of optimism. They quickly got to work spending Hughes’s money: building up an impressive staff, “leasing offices in prime locations and hiring top-shelf consultants,” and...

The share of women in newsrooms has increased barely 1 percentage point since 2001, ASNE data shows

In what has already been a pretty depressing news week for women, the newly released results of ASNE’s newsroom diversity survey add a little more “meh” news in regards to both gender and racial diversity in U.S. newsrooms. The share of people of color working in the 661 news organizations that took the survey was...

Starting today, anyone who publishes something on Medium can paywall it

Ready to connect your checking account to Medium? In August, Medium started letting a select group of users — mainly people who’d frequently published content on Medium in the past — put their content behind a paywall. Around the same time, it rolled out a $5/month subscription program that would give paying members access to...

Cambodian viral site Khmerload has new plans for a BuzzFeed-like digital empire across Southeast Asia

When I met with Khmerload founder In Vichet recently, his wildly popular website was leading with stories typical of its entertainment-driven coverage: Two local pop singers have been spotted wearing the same outfits; a feature on the family of a well-known Cambodian business tycoon; and, with more than 7,500 shares, a series of photographs that...

Many newsrooms around the world are lagging when it comes to new tech and a digital-first mindset

How far along are newsrooms when it comes to training their reporters to navigate a news ecosystem where people are accessing content via a wide variety of new channels? And how far along are organizations when it comes to truly thinking digital-first? The answers to those questions are a little worrying, a new global ICFJ...

The Russian ads Facebook turned over to Congress are the tip of the iceberg ????

“They were working to lead people along and develop a sense of trust.” Jonathan Albright, the research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, on Thursday published to Tableau his research into how six election-related, now-closed, Russian-controlled Facebook accounts spread content in the U.S. Show More Summary

Facebook’s new anti-fake news feature will offer more context about articles users see in the News Feed

Facebook’s outsized role in spreading fake news both during last year’s presidential election is, at this point, undeniable. Facebook has taken some responsibility, and on Thursday introduced a new feature meant to give users more context about articles while they’re reading and before they share them with others. The new feature is small but, in...

‘Stratechery as a service’: Substack aims to streamline the creation of independent subscription news sites

Chris Best knew he was onto something with Substack when his personal trainer, after hearing Best talk about Stratechery, compared the site to The Quad Guy. That membership site is run by Julian Smith, a longtime bodybuilder who, for $6 a month, offers subscribers step-by-step exercise tutorials, dieting tips, and daily workout videos. “It’s basically...

Crooked Media expands from podcasts to text, with a new site and plans for investigative reporting

Crooked Media, the progressive political podcast network run by former Obama administration staffers whose flagship show Pod Save America has been downloaded more than 100 million times since January, is branching out into text. On Wednesday, the L.A.-based company announced the launch of Crooked.com, a website whose editor-in-chief is Brian Beutler, formerly a senior editor...

The Shorenstein Center will figure out best practices for single-subject news sites, with $683K from Knight

Single-subject news sites are (obviously!) focused on single subjects, from education (Chalkbeat) to criminal justice (The Marshall Project) to gun violence (The Trace), but what do they have in common, what can they learn from each other, and what can other single-subject news sites learn from them? Those are questions that the Harvard Kennedy School’s...

The News Integrity Initiative gives $1.8 million to 10 projects focused on increasing trust in news

More community involvement in investigative reporting. New messaging tools to increase contact between journalists and readers. Better comments. More diverse hires. The News Integrity Initiative (NII), the $14 million news project launched earlier this year out of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, on Wednesday announced its first 10 grantees. The projects are getting a...

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