With “vimages,” The Economist is using Facebook to make low-...
Publishers responding to Facebook’s video push are doing all they can to get more videos on the platform — even if those videos started off as something very...
Slate, now 20 years old, reflects on the value of taking the...
Being contrarian sometimes pays off. Online magazine Slate is now 20 years old, and while its strong takes are stronger than ever and its contrarianism as co...
Must Read Money Stories for Friday, Sept. 23
How to Cover Money Podcast Episode 30: Behind the 2015 Barle...
How the new director of Philly’s Institute for Journalism in...
The Institute for Journalism in New Media, the nonprofit that now owns Philadelphia’s two daily newspapers, announced on Monday that it had hired media consu...
A new audio startup focuses on tailoring a playlist of short...
Give the people what they want, when they want it, where they want it. It’s the mandate of streaming services like Spotify or Netflix, but the thinking aroun...
3 Rate Hike Stories in Every Community
Must Read Money Stories for Thursday, Sept. 22
Facebook and Twitter are both livestreaming the presidential...
Need more proof that second screens are fast becoming first screens? Both Facebook and Twitter announced this week that they were partnering with news organi...
This French startup is helping news orgs build personalized ...
About two years ago, the daily French financial newspaper Les Echos was looking to expand its email newsletter offerings. The paper knew that readers reached...
Must Read Money Stories for Wednesday, Sept. 21
Tackling the Business of High School Football
Changing Course: From Wall Street to Pulitzer Hall
Recommended content widgets still have major disclosure and ...
“Promoted stories” have taken over the web. The widgets, which hawk dubious dietary supplements and a wide variety of clickbait, have become an unfortunate s...
“The next tweet could get you fired!” – Or promoted?
Hot Pod: There’s a new (and problematic) way to measure whic...
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue eighty-eight, published September 20, 2016. Another public-facing podcast ranker. It’s trouble...
How to Evaluate your Region’s Potential as a Tech Hub
Must Read Money Stories for Tuesday, Sept. 20
New from The Coral Project: A tool for collecting reader con...
Even as the number of news organizations dumping their comment sections grows, The Coral Project is continuing to build new products to try and improve how c...
A cross-disciplinary approach to science is helping Nautilus...
Nautilus might be the only science publication that pays philosophers to sit in on its pitch meetings. That idea speaks to the mission of the site, which is ...
Business Basics: Why EBIT and EBITDA Matter to Reporters
Must Read Money Stories for Monday, Sept. 19
So what kind of a show does podcasting have in store for us?...
Jenna Wortham describes her start in podcasting, just a couple of years ago. “I used to do a late-night show called Heartline with a friend out of a shipping...
A growing layer of technology will help determine where podc...
Get ready for age of “listening telemetrics.” That’s Sean Carr’s shorthand for the revolution beginning to sweep through the podcasting world. Carr is CEO of...
Knight and other foundations support a local news and studen...
Five foundations on Thursday said they were continuing to support a program administered by the Online News Association which provides grants of up to $35,00...
Join our Nieman Lab Lounge Slack to talk about the ONA16 con...
This week, most of the Nieman Lab staff is in Denver for ONA 2016, a massive three-day gathering with well over a thousand attendees, multiple simultaneous s...
Platforms and Publishers
Are you ready to pay for a Netflix for podcasts?
What — if anything — would you pay to listen to your favorite podcast? As podcasters furiously pursue fast-growing ad money, many are looking — down the road...
Facebook, Twitter, and 30 other orgs join First Draft’s part...
Thanks to social media, it’s never been easier to get people to read and spread fake news. Readers love to share surprising, shocking or worldview-affirming ...
And now a word from our sponsor: Host-read ads and the play ...
“Right now is the moment in our podcast where we talk about our sponsor. Julia Turner, what have you got?” says Slate’s Stephen Metcalf. Twenty minutes into ...
After protests, the next step is a boycott — but of what?
So much pain. And so much horseshit.
Instajackass
Milo Yiannopoulos in the Wildcats’ den
What Data Can’t Tell Us About Buying Politicians
The press is lying, but so are the voters
The normalization of Donald Trump
“I didn’t really want to go downtown in the first place.”
Phyllis Schlafly, dead
Kaepernick, cont.: Bleacher Report says team execs hate him
Why Colin Kaepernick is right and you are wrong and need to ...
Sometimes an algorithm really is (politically) unbiased
Startups vs. Systems: Why Doing Good with Tech is Hard
My Next Adventure: Journalism’s Wicked Problems and Democrac...
The Technology Behind the World’s Worst DVR
A Puntitled Framework for Evaluating the Quality of Puns
Lessons from The New York Times Super Tuesday hoax: Five way...
From Chat Apps to Town Halls: Why More Newsrooms are Designi...
The Best Online Journalism and Storytelling of 2015
It’s not you: Political journalism really is broken
Scale vs. Love: The Secret Balancing Act
I Have To Push My Own Limits To Let My Kids Find Theirs
What Could You Do With An Actual Crowd?
P E R S O N A L   N E W S
Seriously, when did we start calling new job news “personal news” and why? It’s professional news. It’s just me, getting a new job. Personal news is “we adop...
Elsewhere, recently, blogging
Remember when I remembered blogging? Hard to believe that was almost four months ago, but there it is. Meanwhile… Here’s what I did after I posted that real ...
BEYOND THE NUMBERS: MEDIA DIVERSITY AND LOCAL NEWS
Can Old School Low-Power Radio Help Digital Newsrooms Thrive...
How We Are Working with Universities to Strengthen Local Jou...
When your big, obnoxious Flash ad doesn’t work and just cras...
Vanity Fair, for when one interstitial is not enough
Google’s creepy Allo assistant and our rocky relationship so...
After playing with Allo’s chat prompts for those too lazy to write their own texts, I began to play with the in-conversation Google Assistant bot. Here are t...
Hello Allo: the first 12 things I learned about Google’s new...
Google’s new chat app Allo is out in the UK, and I’ve been playing around with it. There are two key artificial intelligence (AI) features that stick out in ...
Guardian profiles routinely link to PGP keys – why aren’t ot...
What a pleasant surprise to visit a profile page on The Guardian website and see a big, prominent link to the member of staff’s public key. Is this routine? ...
Sunday sampler
FAQ: Cheap readers and the future of local news
Every so often a journalism student sends me questions for an assignment. I publish the answers here in the FAQ series. The latest set comes from a student i...
My Facebook op-ed
On Futility
I should have known better. I was right the first time. I dramatically cut back on blogging here (2010ish) in part because the effort seemed futile. To that ...
15 years later
Sunday sampler
Killer clowns? C’mon, man
Dear Mark Zuckerberg
Writing about politics on Facebook and Twitter
Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid
Floor Polish or Dessert Topping: Media Edition.
Dear Washington Post
Sunday sampler
Dear New York Times…
Apology to Mexico
Apology to Germany
The News and its New Silent Majority: Clinton Supporters
Specimens of Old Journalism
Sunday sampler
The Best People
Sorry, Nick
Native advertising: Another false messiah?
Sunday sampler
My Gob is Smacked Past All Smackeration. Thanks, Rudy
An Amusing Aside
I’m finishing an essay — due today — for the American Political Science Association conference in Philadelphia. The title is “Race, Poverty, and Police: A Co...
Sunday sampler
Incoming!
Verge employee worked at Apple for months but didn’t tell hi...
Chris Ziegler, a former founding editor at The Verge, was employed at Apple this summer while he worked for the tech and culture website, Verge Editor-in-Chi...
The Daily Beast set to publish new work from famed columnist...
The Daily Beast will publish Saturday the first major piece of writing by famed New York City columnist Jimmy Breslin in more than a decade. That news comes ...
CNN hires director of mobile and off-platform
In further evidence of the growing importance of platforms like Facebook, Apple News, Twitter and Snapchat, CNN has added a director of mobile and off-platfo...
How the press bashed and coddled Netanyahu at the U.N.
Good morning. Here's our daily summary of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. Irrelev...
These are the foreign policy questions debate moderators mus...
President Obama's birthplace. The Trump Foundation. The Clinton Foundation. Trump's taxes. Clinton's health. Police shootings. You can predict the thrust of ...
Honolulu Civil Beat now has a 72-year-old intern
Journalists at Honolulu's Civil Beat have probably gotten used to the platinum-haired man who comes in twice a week, parks himself and his laptop in an open ...
When reporting on others’ trauma, how do we take care of our...
40 Better Hours is a Poynter project dedicated to improving your workweek. This is the final day of the weeklong series. There are a lot of stresses that com...
Old Gawker Media stories are getting new life in Spanish
Univision is moving fast. Since agreeing to buy Gawker Media Group in August, the company has already begun to refashion the blogging empire in its image, sh...
WSJ bosses on working together and when to bring in food (al...
One weekend during this crazy news year, the social team at The Wall Street Journal was able to keep up with big news happening from Turkey to Louisiana from...
Surprise! Readers may actually pay attention to fact-checkin...
This may come as an unpleasant surprise to all those "post-fact" headline writers: A new study indicates that people can learn what’s true and what’s false a...
Why scientists often hate records requests
The shadow side of sunlight laws
James Hamblin: A fresh perspective for health journalism
The Atlantic editor has accumulated a loyal following with his video series "If Our Bodies Could Talk"
Is national media ignoring local science fraud?
Instances are being covered as local stories rather than as data points in a national narrative
Database may uncover conflicts of interest for TV doctors
Free lunches, paid speaking gigs free drug samples are often not disclosed by media physicians
The Texas school board isn't as powerful as you think
Its textbook clout has waned but reporters are still writing as though it hasn't
Will radio save science journalism?
WNYC will soon have a new health unit
Climate change coverage at a crossroads in Australia
Conservative news outlets News Corp and Fairfax Media tend to control the message
A digital transformation for Science
In transitioning to a new magazine model, the publication's challenges are familiar
BP's aggressive PR strategy obfuscates facts
The company's flack blurs lines between journalism and company mission
Why media probably shouldn't name Ebola victims
Ebola's made its American sufferers famous--but what do we gain with personal details?
Here's how to produce strong Ebola stories
The most effective coverage of the first American case has stemmed from the steady hands of experienced--and highly credible--federal medical leaders as well...
Has climate change become a business story?
The cost of brushing science aside
The media's growing interest in how animals think
The more divorced we become from animals in our daily lives, the more we want to look at them online
A long-time science reporter wrote a questionable book on ge...
The case of Nicholas Wade and reporting on a lively field with a dishonorable past
The newest tool in teaching about climate change: the weathe...
A South Carolina pilot project expands