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Articles by Caroline O'Donovan

Caroline O’Donovan is a staff writer at the Nieman Journalism Lab, where she covers media, technology and the future of the news business. As a Lab staffer, she’s been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered and CBS Radio. Previously, she was a fellow at Chicago Public Media, where she reported and produced stories in the Chicago area, as well as for American Public Media’s Marketplace.
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A few thoughts on the state of media (and meta-media) from our departing staff writer.
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“At other accelerators it’s: Hit a home run or you’re dead to us. Matter is trying to find this middle ground, being things that are mission-oriented, and something that can actually scale.”
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With successes in technology behind him and a career in venture capital in front of him, why did Tamer Hassanein decide to build a news app?
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In an unusual attempt to improve the quality of discourse, the Jewish site is putting a paywall around the comments, not the content.
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Bloomberg digital editor Joshua Topolsky on uncomfortable news design, new ad units, and why they killed the comments.
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At the MIT Media Lab, teams of designers, developers and storytellers pulled stories from eight different data sets.
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Tweaks to the News Feed algorithm that push back against satire and hoaxes suggest that Facebook wants better content — but is pushing responsibility on its users.
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