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The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University is the primary journalism institution at Harvard. It was founded in 1938 as the result of a $1.4 million bequest by Agnes Wahl Nieman, the widow of Lucius W. Nieman, founder of The Milwaukee Journal. She stated the goal was "to promote and elevate the standards of journalism in the United States and educate persons deemed specially qualified for journalism." It is based at Walter Lippmann House in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Source
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Why do some people avoid news? Because they don’t trust us — or because they don’t think we add value to their lives?

Why do some people avoid news? Because they don’t trust us — or because they don’t think we add value to their lives?

What if distrust is a smaller problem than the way news consumption leaves readers stressed, anxious, depressed, afraid, disempowered, and exhausted? The modern digitally connected human (Homo smartphonicus, identifiable by its trademark slumped shoulders and bleary eyes) has access to more news and information than any other human in history, whenever they want it, most of it free, all of it in their pocket. But it’s not only news that they have more access to — it’s everything, from Clash of Clans to Keanu memes to old friends’ photos to Ariana Grande songs to TikTok. Those things, if...

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Joshua Benton
June 18, 2019
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Men and white people believe the news is less reliable now than it was in the past. Women and people of color think it’s gotten more reliable.

Men and white people believe the news is less reliable now than it was in the past. Women and people of color think it’s gotten more reliable.

Different groups of Americans perceive news very differently: It depends on your race, gender, age, education level, and political affiliation, according to a of 2,543 Americans ages 21 and older. The research is part of RAND’s .There’s plenty here that won’t be surprising to people who’ve followed research from : People who rely primarily on print and broadcast TV for news tend to be “significantly older,” those who rely primarily on online platforms for news are younger. But RAND fleshes these categories out additional demographic characteristics.[  ]Here are some of RAND’s findings:—...

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Laura Hazard Owen
December 11, 2019
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Turns out Warren Buffett won’t be the billionaire who saves newspapers either

Turns out Warren Buffett won’t be the billionaire who saves newspapers either

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Jan. 29, 2020, 2:32 p.m.By selling Berkshire Hathaway’s newspapers to Lee Enterprises, the world’s most successful investor is acknowledging the industry’s downhill slide is not near an end.Circa 2012, one of the most popular lines among American newspaper journalists went something like this: “Newspapers can’t be that terrible of a business if Warren Buffett, the smartest investor in the world, wants in.”That was the year that Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway for $142 million. As : “The fact that Warren Buffett thought newspapers were a good...

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Joshua Benton
February 11, 2020
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BuzzFeed News is recruiting teenagers to make election-themed TikTok and Instagram videos

BuzzFeed News is recruiting teenagers to make election-themed TikTok and Instagram videos

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Feb. 3, 2020, 10:15 a.m.Three teens will be crowned ambassadors: “I feel it’s really important to pass the mic to them.”BuzzFeed News is looking for a few good teens. The news division of the popular entertainment site is recruiting a brand new type of employee — dubbed “” — who will create original TikTok and Instagram videos as part of the site’s 2020 election coverage.Hiring young, camera-ready content creators for social media is hardly surprising for BuzzFeed. But these teen ambassadors will work with the election team at BuzzFeed News, the...

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Sarah Scire
February 11, 2020
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The Wall Street Journal joins The New York Times in the 2 million digital subscriber club

The Wall Street Journal joins The New York Times in the 2 million digital subscriber club

But will the Journal and The Washington Post be able to catch up to the market leader going forward? Or is the Times preparing to lap the field? Earnings season means it’s time for successful publishers to brag about their digital subscription numbers. On Thursday, it was The New York Times Company’s turn, throwing out some big numbers: 5,251,000 total subscriptions across all print and digital, 4,395,000 total digital subscriptions (including Cooking and Crosswords), and 3,429,000 digital news subscribers. Perhaps most impressive to me: There’s little evidence that the potential customer...

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Joshua Benton
February 15, 2020
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Alden Global Capital has sunk its claws into yet another newspaper company: Lee

Alden Global Capital has sunk its claws into yet another newspaper company: Lee

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Jan. 30, 2020, 2:28 p.m.Yesterday, Ken Doctor and I to sell Berkshire Hathaway’s newspapers to Lee Enterprises and how it was another move in the rapid consolidation of the American newspaper industry.But just a few minutes after I hit publish, the story turned more sinister. Alden Global Capital that it had purchased a 5.9 percent stake in Lee, through its newspaper holding company MNG Enterprises.For those who need a reminder: Alden is journalism’s Professor Moriarty, Ra’s al Ghul, Blofeld, and Hans Landa, buying up chunks of newspaper...

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February 11, 2020
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Jay Rosen: This is what a news organization built on reader trust looks like

Jay Rosen: This is what a news organization built on reader trust looks like

At the kind of journalism conferences that I attend, Aron Pilhofer, who had key roles in the digital operations of The New York Times and The Guardian in recent years, has been asking a very good question: What if news organizations optimized every part of the operation for trust? Not for speed, traffic, profits, headlines or prizes… but for trust. What would that even look like? My answer: It would look a lot like De Correspondent. Launched in 2013 in The Netherlands, De Correspondent is funded solely by its members: 56,000 of them, who pay about $63 a year because they believe in the...

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Jay Rosen
January 3, 2020
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Need cash fast? Patreon is now lending money to its creators to launch projects with high startup costs

Need cash fast? Patreon is now lending money to its creators to launch projects with high startup costs

“Patreon has access to all the data about a creator’s earnings history, what they offer as benefits, how much they engage with their patrons…everything needed to forecast their earnings and retention, without a creator even needing to submit an application.” By NICHOLAS QUAH Feb. 18, 2020, 12:40 p.m. I was tempted to kick this story off with a platitude along the lines of: “Starting something is the hardest part.” Then I thought better of it, because that’s not strictly true. Keeping something going can be much harder, as in the case of a conversation, relationship, or even this...

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Nicholas Quah
February 19, 2020
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Feeling panicked about coronavirus? Media coverage of new epidemics often stokes unnecessary fear

Feeling panicked about coronavirus? Media coverage of new epidemics often stokes unnecessary fear

For journalists, it’s worth remaining alert to the dangers of spreading fear — a highly contagious emotion — in the face of uncertainty. New contagious diseases are scary. They frighten us because they’re unknown and unpredictable. The ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has received extensive media attention — coverage that can tell us a lot about how uncertainty in the face of such an epidemic can all too easily breed fear. For about a decade, I’ve been studying the role of emotions in journalism, including in the coverage of disasters and crises. Media coverage is vital...

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Karin Wahl-Jorgensen
February 28, 2020
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Columbia’s news-industry leadership program is getting new leaders and some startup energy

Columbia’s news-industry leadership program is getting new leaders and some startup energy

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Sept. 24, 2019, 10 a.m.Corey Ford will take some of the startup-accelerator lessons of Matter Ventures into training the next rounds of Sulzberger Fellows.In 2005, — a.k.a. longtime New York Times publisher “Punch” Sulzberger — was given two pre-80th-birthday presents by his sisters: to the journalism schools at both Columbia University and CUNY. The CUNY gift went toward a scholarship fund for students; the Columbia gift created the , “an advanced management training program for executives in news organizations.” It brought in its first class...

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Joshua Benton
September 25, 2019
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