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Articles by Joshua Benton

Joshua Benton is director of the Nieman Journalism Lab. Before spending a year at Harvard as a 2008 Nieman Fellow, he spent a decade in newspapers, most recently at The Dallas Morning News. His reports on cheating on standardized tests in the Texas public schools led to the permanent shutdown of a school district and won the Philip Meyer Journalism Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has reported from 10 foreign countries, been a Pew Fellow in International Journalism, and three times been a finalist for the Livingston Award for International Reporting. Before Dallas, he was a reporter and occasional rock critic for The Toledo Blade. He wrote his first HTML in January 1994.
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NPR Headquarters in Washington, DC on April 9, 2013.
The public radio giant is letting its present impose a strategy tax on its future.
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“Circulation of our print newspapers will continue to fall, a certainty we allowed for when purchasing them.”
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Smart people talking about building a startup culture, the value of small projects, the curse of expertise, and more.
LAS VEGAS, NV - December 15, 2015:  Donald Trump pictured in the Spin Room at the CNN GOP Debate at The Venetain Resort in Las vegas, NV on December 15, 2015. Credit: Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch/IPX
The news was mostly bad for publishers and news organizations last year.
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There was a lot of talk about adblocking in 2015. Has it developed into the sort of threat publishers feared?
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We’re having our first event in New York City with industry leaders: Wednesday, December 2 at 6 p.m.
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The same trends we saw a decade ago — professionalization on one hand, platformization on the other — sure seem to be playing out again.
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The tech giant is offering opportunities for students to work with eight different journalism organizations next summer, including us. The deadline to apply is January 15.
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In BuzzFeed’s news app, sharing via SMS is a more common user action than via Facebook or Twitter.