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It was a media mystery whose unraveling had potentially deadly consequences: Who is "Mosul Eye?"
Posted: December 11, 2017, 5:36 pm
The guilty plea of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn reminds dramatically how the saga of Russian involvement in American politics is
Posted: December 11, 2017, 4:18 pm
'Making of a Murderer' inspires a bitterly contested decision
Posted: December 11, 2017, 2:09 pm
Last week began with analysis of one embarrassing correction by a major news outlet and ended with President Donald Trump on stage in Florida railing about “all the corrections the media has been making.” Trump’s verbal assaults on the press are nothing new, but after three major mistakes in eight days on the Trump-Russia investigation, […]
Posted: December 11, 2017, 12:50 pm
Editor’s note: This piece is co-published with The Guardian, which has invited a team of Dreamers to guest-edit the US edition for the next three days. In October, Guardian editors met with the team of Dreamers—undocumented immigrants who first came to the US as children—for the first time to discuss commissions for the project. What […]
Posted: December 11, 2017, 11:50 am
This week on The Kicker, Meg talks with Jezebel Editor in Chief Koa Beck about her plans for the feminist website, as well as the site’s influence on recent media coverage of sexual harassment. Then CJR’s Christie Chisholm joins Meg and Pete to discuss WNYC’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against some of its biggest […]
Posted: December 8, 2017, 9:01 pm
Long before investigations into the sexual misconduct appeared in the pages of The New York Times and The New Yorker, Jezebel was on it. The former Gawker property tackled topics like sexual harassment, rape culture, and sexism when more traditional news organizations wouldn’t or couldn’t. Take for example fashion photographer Terry Richardson. Jezebel reported on […]
Posted: December 8, 2017, 8:41 pm
When the remains of Kim Wall’s body washed ashore in Denmark this summer, the anxieties and fears of female journalists were put into stark, heartbreaking tangibility. Wall had traveled the world as a freelance reporter, ventured into dystopian political terrain and crumbling cities, but it was in Copenhagen, a city not far from the Swedish […]
Posted: December 8, 2017, 7:28 pm
Efforts to discredit mainstream journalism, whether through undercover videos or bad-faith social media campaigns, have become a facet of life in 2017. But MSNBC’s surprising reversal of a decision earlier this week to fire a contributor shows that news organizations may finally be adapting to a world in which adversaries, particularly on the right, use […]
Posted: December 8, 2017, 5:50 pm
If you use a Twitter bot or share fake news in Ireland, go directly to jail, do not pass go and possibly pay €10,000.
Posted: December 8, 2017, 5:00 pm
I’ve been a full time freelancer writer for almost 13 years and the worst part of the job — by far — is trying to get paid.
Posted: December 8, 2017, 4:44 pm
Lorie Hearn has built inewsource, the San Diego investigative reporting nonprofit, into a $1 million-a-year business. Although initially focusing on foundation money, she is now concentrating on attracting individual donors, especially those in the “major donor” category. In an interview, Hearn, executive director and editor of inewsource, described what she’s learned about recruiting wealthy contributors. […]
Posted: December 8, 2017, 3:53 pm
ProPublica announced the seven newsrooms that will make up its year-long ProPublica Local Reporting Network.
Posted: December 8, 2017, 2:40 pm
How does an offhand tweet from 2009 launch a full-blown crisis for a major news network in 2017? The answer lies in the dynamics of a battle that’s raging between traditional mainstream outlets and those who hope to discredit the entire journalism profession. On Thursday, after coming under fire from viewers and journalists who accused […]
Posted: December 8, 2017, 12:57 pm
For two years starting in 2009, Anne Galloway worked 80 to 90 hours a week reporting on the Vermont legislature, without pay, hoping she could breathe life into a new nonprofit focused on investigative reporting. Today that nonprofit, VTDigger, has a staff of 19, an annual budget of $1.5 million, and aspirations of reaching the […]
Posted: December 8, 2017, 11:55 am
Why he went public
Posted: December 8, 2017, 10:44 am
Instead of pool days and part-time jobs, Sreya Guha spends her summers with lines and lines of code.
Posted: December 7, 2017, 7:30 pm
In the four years since fact-checkers around the world first gathered in London for the inaugural Global Fact-Checking Summit, a lot has happened i
Posted: December 7, 2017, 7:21 pm
The Week in Fact-Checking is a newsletter about fact-checking and accountability journalism, from Poynter's
Posted: December 7, 2017, 7:00 pm
In this week’s lowercase… Today we salute this Cambridge Newspaper…for printing their paper – without a headline…. [insert headline here] oops!! pic.twitter.com/Y5qCl04rdJ — Jon Holling (@jonhollingfm) December 7, 2017 The Golden Globes need a feminist host this year, and Seth Meyers is the right man for the job https://t.co/DR71adAlMj pic.twitter.com/wYcVJMAKQj — Forbes Showbiz (@ForbesShowbiz) November […]
Posted: December 7, 2017, 5:12 pm
The New York Times has halved its free monthly articles to 5, its most significant paywall change since 2012
The great paywall tightening of 2017 continues. The New York Times said Friday that it will cut the number of free articles available to “most” non-subscribers each month from 10 to five, Bloomberg reported. The change is the most significant one the Times has made to its pay model since 2012, when it cut the...
Posted: December 1, 2017, 4:34 pm
“Social media is still a relatively small of most people’s news diet.” Stanford economist Matthew Gentzkow came to Northeastern University yesterday to go over a bunch of his research to try to answer three questions: 1. Are Americans more polarized than ever? 2. Is it the Internet’s fault? 3. Did fake news change the 2016...
Posted: December 1, 2017, 3:05 pm
Our old friend Tim Carmody recently revived his email newsletter (and started a Patreon, go give him love), and today’s edition features an interview with the writer Mallory Ortberg, perhaps best known as one of the founders of the late The Toast. Among other things, they talk about Ortberg’s new experiment into subscriber-supported media —...
Posted: December 1, 2017, 2:27 pm
A new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism offers a bit more insight into what’s driving distrust in news organizations across the world. Working with YouGov, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism polled around 18,000 people across nine countries (U.S., Germany, UK, Ireland, Spain, Denmark, Australia, France, and Greece)...
Posted: December 1, 2017, 1:28 am
A push alert is large, it contains multitudes. 2017 was a nutty year for push alerts, a Slate feature memorably showed. The timing is good for a new report, “Pushed beyond breaking: U.S. newsrooms use mobile alerts to define their brand,” released this week in collaboration between the Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the...
Posted: November 30, 2017, 3:49 pm
After a rocky reception, Le Monde’s Décodex is almost a year into fighting intox (fake news) in France
On Wednesday, when Donald Trump retweeted three unverified anti-Muslim videos from the leader of a British far-right extremist group, Le Monde was on the case: It posted a debunk of the videos, with context and background. These quick debunks are just one part of how Le Monde is getting fact-checks out to its readers. It...
Posted: November 30, 2017, 3:42 pm
At this EU-supported online outlet for young Europeans, its readers are also its writers and translators
Twenty-four official languages are spoken in the European Union. Cafébabel dreams of a being a place that unites many of them. Its articles — most of which are available to read in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Polish, plus sometimes even more languages where relevant — inhabit a Europe where young Italians might care about...
Posted: November 30, 2017, 2:43 pm
Big broadcasters ruled Twitter during the UK’s general elections. But a few digital-only outlets managed to punch well above their weight
Tweeting more often to more followers doesn’t always lead to more audience engagement. That was at least the case on Twitter around the 2017 U.K. General Election, according to new analysis conducted by the Reuters Institute that drew from 4.26 million, specifically news-related tweets (out of a wider set of 28 million tweets). Unsurprising things...
Posted: November 29, 2017, 4:13 pm
This reporting project wants to get environmental investigations out of PDFs and white papers and to the people affected
Who is the audience for investigative journalism about environmental crises in the Global South? Often, it’s not the residents of those countries themselves. Such reporting, especially when it’s done by nonprofits, can end up trapped in white papers and PDFs with little chance of reaching a broad audience. The Gecko Project — an investigative reporting...
Posted: November 29, 2017, 3:14 pm
Taking a cue from ProPublica, The Trace is partnering with local TV stations to report major gun stories
The role of gun thefts in crimes in is a big, complex issue in the U.S., and to cover it, single-topic gun issues news site The Trace needed some help. Last week, the site published Missing Pieces, the product of a deep, yearlong investigation into how stolen firearms have been used to commit crimes. The...
Posted: November 29, 2017, 2:49 pm
Video was key for The Washington Post’s debunking of Project Veritas. But what will “proof” look like in an era of easily doctored visuals?
A confrontation in a Greek restaurant. Dueling camera-laden interviews in a parking lot. These two scenes are at the heart of the Washington Post’s debunking of the claims of Jaime Phillips, a woman who appears to have been working with Project Veritas using secretly recorded footage to try to swindle the news organization’s reporters into...
Posted: November 28, 2017, 5:21 pm
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 142, published November 28, 2017. Longest Shortest Why. Andrea Silenzi, creator of Panoply cult favorite Why Oh Why, is moving to Midroll to take over as the new host of Hillary Frank’s beloved parenting podcast, The Longest Shortest Time. The change will kick in...
Posted: November 28, 2017, 4:33 pm
This investigative outlet’s fact-checkers are traveling cross country to take its readers behind the scenes
More news organizations are launching dedicated fact-checking operations. But how will they get more of their audiences to care about their fact-checks in the first place? “People who go to fact-checking workshops are, in general, more likely to be those that are already questioning facts. It’s a self-selecting thing,” Alastair Brian, all too aware of...
Posted: November 28, 2017, 2:46 pm
How to Think, a new book from Baylor University professor Alan Jacobs, is very much of the times. In it, Jacobs examines the forces — both mental and technological — that conspire to make it easier for people to dig into their positions, to make it harder to understand opposing viewpoints. One big culprit? Human...
Posted: November 27, 2017, 8:26 pm
The speculation is over: Time Inc. has officially found a buyer. Meredith, the publisher of magazines including Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle, shelled out $2.8 billion for Time in a deal announced Sunday night. But with the end of that speculation comes some new questions about the potential involvement of Charles and David...
Posted: November 27, 2017, 8:09 pm
The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism released a Turkey-specific supplement to its annual Digital News Report. The supplement, by Servet Yanatma, offers a look at what it’s like to be a media consumer in a highly polarized environment, where roughly the same percentage of people trust the news overall (40 percent) and distrust...
Posted: November 22, 2017, 2:04 pm
Coming soon: The Disinformation Action Lab. Part of a group of Knight grants announced last week: The Data & Society Research Institute is getting $250,000 to launch the Disinformation Action Lab, which will “use research to explore issues such as: how fake news narratives propagate; how to detect coordinated social media campaigns; and how to...
Posted: November 22, 2017, 1:30 pm
The future of news (and far beyond), according to Scandinavian media giant Schibsted’s latest trends report
‘Tis the season for trend reports. The Scandinavian media giant Schibsted’s annual trends report — part predictions, part survey research, part self-promotion — is out today, free for anyone interested. The report features essays on everything from the promise and pitfalls of artificial intelligence to sustainability to the future of bicycles as a consistent mode...
Posted: November 21, 2017, 5:07 pm
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 141, published November 21, 2017. Lock down that turkey, folks. And for you vegans, long live the Garsquashroom. Notes from north of the border. When it comes to the Canadian podcast industry, there seems to be a lot to talk about. At least, that’s...
Posted: November 21, 2017, 2:48 pm
The abrupt shutdown of the Gothamist and DNAinfo local news networks earlier this month was a stark reminder to digital journalists who want archives of their stuff: Back it up! Back it up! It isn’t just that news apps and digital interactives won’t last forever; as my colleague Shan Wang wrote in September in a...
Posted: November 21, 2017, 2:00 pm
Village Media, relying on local advertisers, seems to have found a scalable (and profitable) local news model
Village Media is doing that weird thing where it’s using only digital advertising to support local news — and it’s working. With roots from an online coupon book in the early 2000s for local residents to print out discounts and bring them to the retailer in person, Village Media has evolved and expanded since 2013...
Posted: November 20, 2017, 7:10 pm
Investigate these resources for in-depth reporting, from the Global Investigative Journalism Conference
More than a thousand investigative journalists convened over the weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the tenth iteration of the Global Investigative Journalism Conference. In case that didn’t include you, here’s some of the tools and tips that emerged from the gathering: #GIJC17 Plenary: “I’ve never seen so many troublemakers & the world’s worst nightmares...
Posted: November 20, 2017, 5:09 pm
Can a “scrappy West Coast startup” go national in an expansion based on crowd investment and a membership platform drawing on artificial intelligence? There are a lot of ingredients in that mix. As my colleague Shan Wang noted in Nieman Lab’s earlier coverage of Discourse Media, a “full-service” digital journalism organization based in Vancouver, Discourse...
Posted: November 20, 2017, 2:46 pm
Thursday was a rough day for digital media. Within hours, a series of reports, some unofficial and others confirmed, underscored a bitter reality that’s become increasingly harder to avoid: Not even the biggest digital media startups are immune from the seismic shifts in digital advertising affecting the whole industry. The upshot: Ad-supported digital media is...
Posted: November 17, 2017, 6:13 pm
Asking members to support its journalism (no prizes, no swag), The Guardian raises more reader revenue than ad dollars
Instead of using tote bags, tickets to live events, or other swag, The Guardian‘s membership program has grown to 800,000 supporters a year and a half after doubling down on its membership initiative. The key? A shift from a commercially focused plea to an emotional, service-based request, the two women leading the effort said. “Our...
Posted: November 17, 2017, 2:00 pm
It wasn’t much of a surprise when the Singapore news startup The Middle Ground announced recently that they were shutting down. The site, which managed to pull in a mere $2,200 a month from patrons, couldn’t sustain the overhead of a news business that was only founded in June of 2015. “The chances of failure...
Posted: November 17, 2017, 1:55 pm
Quibble, if you will, about the level of degeneracy now afoot in the heart of the Old and New Confederacy, as the Roy Moore saga provides yet more sick drama in the country. That’s a sideshow. What’s quickly appearing on the main stage — if it’s still behind the curtain for now — is the...
Posted: November 16, 2017, 4:00 pm
Knight shares what it’s learned over 10 years of the Knight News Challenge (and announces eight new winners)
Ten years, 190 projects, and $49 million later, the Knight Foundation has released a report about what it’s learned over a decade of funding the Knight News Challenge. It’s also giving eight previous award winners a combined $4.5 million in new funding for new projects. (Disclosure: Nieman Lab also receives funding from Knight.) Among the...
Posted: November 16, 2017, 2:00 pm
Will readers trust the news more if they have more information about who’s behind it? It’s worth a try. Thursday marks the launch of The Trust Project, an initiative three years in the making (but feeling oh-so-relevant right about now) that brings together news outlets such as The Washington Post, The Economist, and the Globe...
Posted: November 16, 2017, 10:00 am
“No cookie-cutter model”: How local news organizations are surviving today and preparing for the future
Most newspapers in the U.S. have circulations of less than 50,000. Some are headquartered in towns of fewer than 2,000 residents. Some are flying under the radar in metropolitan areas of half a million. Among these smaller market newspapers, there is no “cookie-cutter model” to local news success, but there are many common challenges, useful...
Posted: November 15, 2017, 3:25 pm