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“Politics as a chronic stressor”: News about politics bums you out and can make you feel ill — but it also makes you take action

“Politics as a chronic stressor”: News about politics bums you out and can make you feel ill — but it also makes you take action

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Sept. 21, 2020, 12:51 p.m.“Daily political events consistently evoked negative emotions [which] predicted worse day-to-day psychological and physical health, but also greater motivation to take action aimed at changing the political system that evoked the negative emotions in the first place.”Who would buy a product that reliably makes them sad, or anxious, or worried, or overwhelmed?You wouldn’t go to a restaurant you knew made you feel ill, or listen to music that drove you up a wall, or go to a gym where the equipment gives you a new muscle...

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Spanish-language misinformation is flourishing — and often hidden. Is help on the way?

Spanish-language misinformation is flourishing — and often hidden. Is help on the way?

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Sept. 18, 2020, noon“Conspiracies are flourishing with virtually no response from credible Spanish-language media outlets.”The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This offers the highlights of what you might have missed. Starting today and each week through November 3, it will focus on U.S. election-related stories.There’s been a raft of reporting this week on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s . “Trump is doing better with Hispanics than...

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Sep 19
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Who’s interested in “slow journalism”? Turns out, mostly the same people who are into regular ol’ fast journalism

Who’s interested in “slow journalism”? Turns out, mostly the same people who are into regular ol’ fast journalism

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Sept. 15, 2020, 1:36 p.m.Slow news has been pitched as a way to break through the noise and reach audiences exhausted by the daily headlines. But it’s still fast-news junkies who are most attracted to it, this new research finds., , , , : There are so many slow movements that you might think homo sapiens as a species was in an irreversible entropic downshift into the pace of slugs and snails. But of course, slow movements exist mostly to be a counterpoint to the ever-increasing speed technology seems to have brought into our lives.It wasn’t that...

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A new nonprofit newsroom, Mountain State Spotlight, wants to be the watchdog for West Virginia

A new nonprofit newsroom, Mountain State Spotlight, wants to be the watchdog for West Virginia

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Sept. 17, 2020, 12:39 p.m.“In my experience in legacy media, the answer was to throw your hands in the air and say, ‘There’s not much we can do.’ Well, I don’t find that acceptable. We have to find ways to reach those audiences.”, a new nonprofit newsroom dedicated to accountability journalism, launched in West Virginia on Thursday. On opening day, the news site featured a slate of stories on , , and the first responders across the state .Co-founders , , and — formerly the top editor, environmental reporter, and reporter at The Charleston...

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Sep 19
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Evoking empathy or seeking solidarity: Which is preferable when covering people without homes?

Evoking empathy or seeking solidarity: Which is preferable when covering people without homes?

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Aug. 4, 2020, 8:30 a.m.Plus: How journalists cover global infectious disease, how audiences think news organizations should improve trust, and “news minimalists and omnivores.”Editor’s note: Longtime Nieman Lab readers know the bylines of and . Mark for us from 2010 to 2014; off and on since 2010. Together they’ve launched a on recent academic research around journalism. It’s called and we’re happy to bring each issue to you here at Nieman Lab.In decades of covering homelessness, American journalists have been known to deviate from the usual...

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An open letter to the new CEO of The New York Times

An open letter to the new CEO of The New York Times

HOME          LATEST STORY                    July 30, 2020, 10 a.m.Meredith Kopit Levien, everyone seems to agree, is the right person to lead the Times into the 2020s. But here’s hoping she’ll view her mission more broadly — including the state of local news in America.  July 30, 2020 Dear Ms. Levien,Congratulations on ! We’ve never met, but I’ve only heard great things about you and I’m excited to see what you have planned.As bizarre as it may sound, it’s possible that you’re entering the job in the most comfortable situation of any Times CEO since in 1973. When , the print money was...

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This is how FiveThirtyEight is trying to build the right amount of uncertainty into its 2020 election data analysis

This is how FiveThirtyEight is trying to build the right amount of uncertainty into its 2020 election data analysis

HOME          LATEST STORY                    July 28, 2020, 10:31 a.m.Our analysis finds a 99 percent chance someone will still complain about it.One of the more challenging things to represent in journalism is uncertainty. Walter Cronkite ended his newscasts with “,” not “That is certainly one possible outcome, given a wide-ranging set of externalities, the unknowable nature of even the nearest future, and the very real chance that Rasmussen’s numbers are wrong.”Of the many, many criticisms made of press coverage of the 2016 presidential election, one that’s stuck is the idea that news...

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Apply now for the Nieman Foundation’s new visiting fellowships on racial justice and public health in the U.S.

Apply now for the Nieman Foundation’s new visiting fellowships on racial justice and public health in the U.S.

HOME          LATEST STORY                    July 22, 2020, 10:30 a.m.These fellowships are open to a broad range of people. If you’re wondering if you should apply, you should.On Wednesday, the Nieman Foundation the 2020-2021 class of Nieman Fellows. Welcome to , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and ! (Follow them all with this .)If you didn’t get around to applying for a year-long fellowship this year, take heart: We’re offering remote visiting fellowships around projects that address racial justice and public health in the U.S. From the Foundation’s announcement:This special initiative,...

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A lesson in automated journalism: Bring back the humans

A lesson in automated journalism: Bring back the humans

HOME          LATEST STORY                    July 29, 2020, 9:25 a.m.“We’ve found that artificial Intelligence is smart, but it’s not yet smart enough to make final decisions or avoid the robotic repetition that is an unfortunate trait of, um, robots.”Our team has made great progress automating fact-checking, but we recently had a sobering realization: We need human help.We’ve built since we started three years ago. Every day our bots send dozens of journalists our Tech & Check Alerts — emails with factual claims that politicians have made on cable TV or Twitter, which aid the journalists...

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Newsonomics: The McClatchy auction ends not with a bang, but only more whimpers

Newsonomics: The McClatchy auction ends not with a bang, but only more whimpers

HOME          LATEST STORY                    July 13, 2020, 11:04 a.m.The hedge fund Chatham Asset Management reeled in its prize, as expected. But now what does it want to do with it?It lacked a good villain like , and its conclusion was mostly foregone. But along the way, the drama of McClatchy’s bankruptcy was compelling enough to deserve some attention — even if only a few reporters, the paid by McClatchy itself, paid much attention to it.There were attempts at theatrics. Would thousands of retirees have their pensions saved? Would mustache-twirling Alden Global Capital tie McClatchy’s...

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Jul 14
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Hundreds of hyperpartisan sites are masquerading as local news. This map shows if there’s one near you.

Hundreds of hyperpartisan sites are masquerading as local news. This map shows if there’s one near you.

HOME          LATEST STORY                    July 13, 2020, 9:31 a.m.We found that while left-leaning sites prioritize statewide reporting, right-leaning sites are more focused on local reporting, indicating the potential for these sites to exacerbate polarization in local communities.The growth of is a troubling trend we’ve seen emerge amid the financial declines of local news organizations. But what do these outlets mean for journalism in American communities?Using previous research and news reports as a guide, we’ve mapped the locations of more than 400 partisan media outlets — often...

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Jul 14
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Newsonomics: The New York Times is opting out of Apple News

Newsonomics: The New York Times is opting out of Apple News

HOME          LATEST STORY                    June 29, 2020, 2 p.m.A giant potential audience isn’t good enough on its own anymore: “It’s time to re-examine all of our relationships with the big platforms.”The New York Times has decided to opt out of Apple News.On its own, that may seem like just one more move in the chess game between major news companies and the platforms. But it could also be an indication of a more geologic movement. Will the rest of 2020 bring tectonic shifts in platforms’ power over news — or just a few more small tremors?The by global marketers is another indication...

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How The New York Times is producing quarantine videos without being live and in-person

How The New York Times is producing quarantine videos without being live and in-person

HOME          LATEST STORY                    June 15, 2020, 1:13 p.m.“The intimacy that you can build with your character when you’re doing a FaceTime interview instead of having a big camera crew in their living room is great.”In one episode of The New York Times’ miniseries , 32-year-old Najee Wilson makes the best of quarantining alone in his Crown Heights apartment while being totally out of work.Wilson is an artist’s muse and models for other artists. Because modeling requires being in a room with other people, his bookings and other freelance gigs were cancelled when New York City...

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Newsonomics: The next 48 hours could determine the fate of two of America’s largest newspaper chains

Newsonomics: The next 48 hours could determine the fate of two of America’s largest newspaper chains

HOME          LATEST STORY                    June 29, 2020, 4:23 p.m.Tribune and McClatchy are both approaching critical deadlines that could lead to mergers, divisions — or even the first big nonprofit newspaper chain in the United States.The next 48 hours may decide the fate of two of America’s largest newspaper chains that collectively serve almost a fifth of all American local newspaper readers.And what happens in those hours could prompt a wave of other moves across the rest of the industry.The dates June 30 and July 1 have called out from the calendar for a while now. On Tuesday,...

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Ken Doctor
Jun 30
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It’s time to change the way the media reports on protests. Here are some ideas.

It’s time to change the way the media reports on protests. Here are some ideas.

HOME          LATEST STORY                    June 24, 2020, 12:22 p.m.“People kept sharing these videos that were coming up and it was unambiguous what was going on. We weren’t looking at a stream of videos of violence erupting or clashes breaking out. We were looking at cops, attacking people.”It was Slate that arguably broke the media logjam.For nearly a week, there had been nationwide protests after a bystander released video showing that George Floyd, a Black Minneapolis resident, died as a local police officer knelt on his neck. And for almost a week, national media made editorial...

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Jun 27
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“Google paying publishers” is more about PR than the needs of the news industry

“Google paying publishers” is more about PR than the needs of the news industry

HOME          LATEST STORY                    June 25, 2020, 2:52 p.m.Google and Facebook are happy to pay for news — as long as it’s on their terms.Mountain View got the headline it wanted: “.”Just like Menlo Park got the headline it wanted a few months ago: “.”There are lots of ways to look at how the duopoly looks at its relationship with the news industry — as generous corporate citizens who care about the information environment, say, or as a pillaging cartel ruining society by vacuuming ad dollars.But the correct way to view Google and Facebook’s actions, I believe, is through the...

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More Americans are paying for online news — and those who do say they’re unlikely to stop

More Americans are paying for online news — and those who do say they’re unlikely to stop

HOME          LATEST STORY                    June 16, 2020, 9 a.m.In the United States, more than a third of those who pay for online news have signed up for two or more subscriptions.The percentage of people paying for news online continues to increase — and people may even pay for more than one subscription. People worldwide blame domestic politicians most for spreading false and misleading information online. And more people than ever are getting news from Instagram, with 18- to 24-year-olds more than twice as likely as other age groups to prefer getting their news from social...

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Jun 18
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Nonprofit newsrooms are increasingly dedicating themselves to local news

Nonprofit newsrooms are increasingly dedicating themselves to local news

HOME          LATEST STORY                    June 17, 2020, 1:19 p.m.News organizations that have turned to the nonprofit model have often focused on national or investigative news but this year’s , released Tuesday, shows that a growing portion of nonprofit newsrooms are dedicated to local matters.The INN Index is the first report to come of a survey, conducted in March 2020, of more than 250 nonprofit news organizations. (A second report, focused on “diversity, equity, and inclusion in the nonprofit news world,” is due this fall.)The number of nonprofit newsrooms is growing even as...

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U.S. police have attacked journalists at least 140 times since May 28

U.S. police have attacked journalists at least 140 times since May 28

HOME          LATEST STORY                    June 1, 2020, 9:53 a.m.“Although in some incidents it is possible the journalists were hit or affected accidentally, in the majority of the cases we have recorded the journalists are clearly identifiable as press, and it is clear that they are being deliberately targeted.”As Black Lives Matter protests spread across the country after a white police officer , it’s becoming clear that attacks by police on journalists are becoming a widespread pattern, not one-off incidents. While violence against press-credentialed reporters covering the protests...

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The coronavirus traffic bump to news sites is pretty much over already

The coronavirus traffic bump to news sites is pretty much over already

HOME          LATEST STORY                    April 14, 2020, 10:07 a.m.Audience numbers now look more like a standard busy news week than a global pandemic that’s captured the world’s attention. Coronavirus news fatigue has set in.Some parts of America seem to be having — early, tentative, potential — success of COVID-19 infections. But there’s one place where the curve has already gone flat: traffic to news sites. Last month’s striking surge in audience attention has ebbed week by week and has now largely washed away. Here’s what that looks like:As the coronavirus grew into a global...

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Apr 16
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The coronavirus crisis will eventually end, but the distributed newsroom is here to stay

The coronavirus crisis will eventually end, but the distributed newsroom is here to stay

HOME          LATEST STORY                    April 13, 2020, 1:51 p.m.The newsrooms that will thrive in a post-COVID-19 world will be the ones that embrace the shift to distributed teams. Here’s a guide how.Over the past few weeks, social distancing policies and travel restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 came into force in countries across the globe, impacting billions — journalists included. Almost overnight, news publishers had to find a new way of functioning that didn’t revolve around physical newsrooms. To add to the pressure, many newsrooms are simultaneously facing an...

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These are the four waves of journalism studies over the past 20 years: the participatory, crisis, platforms, and populist eras

These are the four waves of journalism studies over the past 20 years: the participatory, crisis, platforms, and populist eras

HOME          LATEST STORY                    March 23, 2020, 1:38 p.m.“The economic problem for journalism was not competition, in other words, but surveillance and monopoly.”<academia-alert class="italian-policomm-journal">It was about 20 years ago that the academic field of “journalism studies” came into rough early shape. Sure, there were people who studied journalism long before then — but for the most part, they were doing so from the intellectual home of another field. They were sociologists, economists, political scientists, communications scholars, or part of some other academic...

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Americans are more willing to pay for local news when they know local newspapers are in trouble, a new study says

Americans are more willing to pay for local news when they know local newspapers are in trouble, a new study says

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Nov. 18, 2019, 9:14 a.m.“This gap suggests a market failure — many recognize the benefit of the product to the public but are unwilling to pay for it.”More than half of Americans believe that local news organizations are doing well financially, according to by the Knight Foundation and Gallup. But if you tell them otherwise, they’re more likely to think supporting local outlets is a good idea.The study surveyed more than 2,700 adults across the United States and found that 56 percent think local news outlets in their area are doing very well or...

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Young people are twice as likely to pay for news in the U.S., U.K., and Germany (compared to those 55-plus)

Young people are twice as likely to pay for news in the U.S., U.K., and Germany (compared to those 55-plus)

HOME          LATEST STORY                    April 2, 2020, 2:30 p.m.The kids are all right, according to a new World Economic Forum report. Young people (ages 16 to 34) are twice as likely to pay for news than those over 55 in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.The , released today, is based on a survey of more than 9,100 people in China, Germany, India, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. The market research firm Nielsen used online surveys to measure media consumption habits and preferences. (Except in India, where the firm used face-to-face...

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Are you a local reporter doing data-heavy coronavirus reporting? This service will check your stats for free

Are you a local reporter doing data-heavy coronavirus reporting? This service will check your stats for free

HOME          LATEST STORY                    April 1, 2020, 9 a.m.“When you aren’t sure the data really says what you think, or you feel anxious about making a math mistake, walking through your process with someone else can help.”Coronavirus reporting is profoundly driven by numbers. Tests administered, cases diagnosed, deaths attributed; doubling speed, growth curves, ; county data, state data, national data.It’s a lot. And as — released under from jurisdiction to jurisdiction — have shown, the numbers don’t always say what you think they say.And some reporters not used to doing this...

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