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Articles by Christine Schmidt

Christine Schmidt is the 2017 Google News Lab Fellow at Nieman Lab. As a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where she studies public policy, her journalism career has been shaped by internships at The Dallas Morning News, Snapchat, and NBC4 in Los Angeles. She hails from Chicago’s Southside Irish.
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“We’re certainly walking before we’re running, but we’re actually sort of jogging before we’re running.”
“In the West, Cracked, BuzzFeed, and Mashable had really picked up steam. We couldn’t relate to the contents; we didn’t get the jokes. So we decided to create content for people like us.”
“Most places are using email, maybe there’s a calendar they share, they’re trying to make Trello boards, they’re trying to get everybody into Slack…the pain caused by tools is not insignificant.”
Goodbye to Law Blog, China Real Time, India Real Time, Speakeasy, and four others.
“Looking ahead, we are at something of a pivot point. For our mission purpose of just informing voters, does it matter if CALmatters wrote a story that appears in the L.A. Daily News?”
“I’m keeping in mind that there are actually people reading these stories who are relying on us for information.”