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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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Facebook got everything it wanted out of Australia by being willing to do what the other guy wouldn’t

Facebook got everything it wanted out of Australia by being willing to do what the other guy wouldn’t

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Feb. 23, 2021, 12:16 p.m.“One cannot be betrayed if one has no people.”[Warning: Violent and gruesome metaphor ahead.]In (1995), there’s a scene in which the true extent of ur-villain Keyser Söze’s evil is clarified for the viewer. A has burst into Söze’s home and taken his wife and children hostage. “They realized that, to be in power, you didn’t need guns or money or even numbers,” one character, Verbal Kint, narrates. “You just needed the will to do what the other guy wouldn’t.”The Hungarians want Söze’s territory, and to show how serious...

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The Wall Street Journal says it wants to help readers identify opinion pieces — but the campaign’s real audience may be its own newsroom

The Wall Street Journal says it wants to help readers identify opinion pieces — but the campaign’s real audience may be its own newsroom

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Feb. 9, 2021, 10:29 a.m.The campaign reflects an “increasingly digital” readership, including new subscribers without the experience of holding clearly separated news and opinion sections in their hands.There’s an at The Wall Street Journal that subscribers get “two newspapers for the price of one.” One is produced by the Journal’s business-focused newsroom and the other by the paper’s right-leaning opinion section.The tension between the two is longstanding but the dispute became unprecedentedly public in 2020. Nearly 300 news staffers...

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The dark side of translation: The Epoch Times is now spreading disinformation through new brands

The dark side of translation: The Epoch Times is now spreading disinformation through new brands

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Feb. 12, 2021, 12:05 p.m.Plus: Twitter’s Birdwatch is pretty useless so far.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.The Epoch Times — the conspiracy-theory-pushing, pro-Trump news site with shadowy origins and ownership, and — is already published in 22 languages, including Persian, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. But those editions are published under The Epoch Times’ banner. Now the organization is,...

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Thanks to the Internet Archive, the history of American newspapers is more searchable than ever

Thanks to the Internet Archive, the history of American newspapers is more searchable than ever

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Feb. 2, 2021, 1:53 p.m.A stroll through the archives of Editor & Publisher shows an industry with moments of glory and shame — and evidence that not all of today’s problems are new.My two intellectual loves are history and journalism — alternately, history and its — and I’m always happy to see the two overlap. That’s the case with word that the has of — for decades the bible of the newspaper industry — and made it searchable to all.I may be one of the youngest journalists to have experienced in its period of pre-Internet glory, when it was the...

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The enduring allure of conspiracies

The enduring allure of conspiracies

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Jan. 19, 2021, 9:28 a.m.Conspiracy theories seem to meet psychological needs and can be almost impossible to eradicate. One remedy: Keep them from taking root in the first place.The United States of America was founded on a conspiracy theory. In the lead-up to the War of Independence, revolutionaries argued that a tax on tea or stamps is not just a tax, but the opening gambit in a sinister plot of oppression. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were convinced — based on “a long train of abuses and usurpations” — that the king of Great...

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The Trump-sized window of the media caring about race closes again

The Trump-sized window of the media caring about race closes again

This summer, a national movement focused on racial equity and Black Lives Matter found its way to the media. Newsrooms — including at The New York Times — saw an explosion of internal activism that forced cosmetic changes — capitalizing the B in Black, naming Juneteenth an official holiday — and substantive adjustments, including new beats, hirings, and masthead promotions aimed at diversity and inclusion.I’m doubtful this energy lasts, a pessimism informed by my own experience in the industry, even as a young journalist.Before there were new jobs in the wake of George Floyd’s death, I...

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The year we rebuild the infrastructure of truth

The year we rebuild the infrastructure of truth

The past few years have been tough for journalists. Trained to report objectively on the truth, they have been forced to also defend it.Defending the truth has never been primarily the job of journalists. Every society has its own mechanisms for establishing, reproducing, and accepting its own truths. This is how societies form, organize, and co-exist — around shared understandings of what truth is. Truth is more than a collection of facts; it’s a mechanism for belonging.We affirm our sense of belonging when the societies we live in reinforce our understanding of truth. We become polarized...

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We need to learn how to talk to (and about) accidental conspiracists

We need to learn how to talk to (and about) accidental conspiracists

I want to talk about Ruby Freeman.Really, I want to talk to Ruby Freeman, but I can’t. She has been, bravely and correctly, off the grid since some psychopaths doxxed her shortly after the election.I bet you don’t know who Ruby Freeman is, and that would make you a normal person. Here’s some background.In reality, Ruby runs one of those kiosks in the middle of the mall that sells ladies’ accessories, purses — that sort of thing. She also helped count ballots in Georgia last month. Her business is called Lady Ruby’s Unique Treasures, and I don’t recommend you look at the Instagram comments...

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Google is giving $1 billion to news publishers — to help convince governments not to take a whole lot more than that

Google is giving $1 billion to news publishers — to help convince governments not to take a whole lot more than that

Good news! Google’s going to spend $1 billion over the next three years paying publishers for their news. Specifically, the money will license publishers’ content for a new feature in Google News called Google News Showcase. That’s a billion dollars that publishers didn’t have before, and it’s better to have a billion dollars than to not have a billion dollars. (Or so I’m told.) I am squarely in the take-the-money camp here. But you have to remember: Google’s interactions with the news industry are always fundamentally about its interests, not publishers’. There’s nothing unusual or wrong...

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A new study shows how Trump and the RNC duped traditional media into covering mail-in voter fraud

A new study shows how Trump and the RNC duped traditional media into covering mail-in voter fraud

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Oct. 5, 2020, 11:18 a.m.“To the extent that the mass media model we identify here is the primary driver of information disorder, it will not be cured by more fact checking on Facebook.”Editor’s note: With mis- and disinformation campaigns heating up, a vacancy on the Supreme Court, and a President who is ill with Covid-19 and who refuses to commit to accepting the results, the 2020 election arrives at a period of extraordinary uncertainty and tension. and are publishing a collection of stories exploring how newsrooms are covering this intensely...

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Journalists are struggling with mental health, financial hardship, and disinformation, according to a “startling and disturbing” survey

Journalists are struggling with mental health, financial hardship, and disinformation, according to a “startling and disturbing” survey

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Oct. 13, 2020, 1:28 p.m.The Journalism and the Pandemic Project, a partnership between the and the at Columbia University, published the first part of their global survey of journalists on Tuesday.The results were “startling and disturbing,” wrote project authors , , and :Based on an analysis of 1,406 vetted survey completions during the pandemic’s first wave, we can conclude that many journalists covering this devastating human story, at great personal risk, were clearly struggling to cope. Seventy percent of our respondents rated the...

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First Draft analyzed 9,722 fact checks to tell the story of Covid-19 misinformation

First Draft analyzed 9,722 fact checks to tell the story of Covid-19 misinformation

HOME          LATEST STORY                    Oct. 1, 2020, 9:03 a.m.“There isn’t a good origin story for the virus, and so this information vacuum is allowing misinformation to circulate.”Editor’s note: Here at Nieman Lab, we’re long-time fans of the work being done at , which is working to protect communities around the world from harmful information (sign up for its ).On January 15, Philippines-based outlet Rappler a claim circulating on social media that a case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) had been reported at a mall in Mandaluyong City, outside Manila. This article would...

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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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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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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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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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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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