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Articles by Laura Hazard Owen

Laura Hazard Owen is deputy editor of the Lab. She was previously the managing editor of Gigaom, where she also wrote about digital book publishing. She first became interested in paywalls and other Labby issues as a staff writer at paidContent.
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“The public statistics from the Swedish transportation company didn’t show significant delays, and the official numbers didn’t give us a true picture of the situation.”
With a move to a paid daily email newsletter, “the conversation around what we’re going to write has totally changed.”
Plus: “Women over 65 years write very rude things on the internet.”
“You know what? There doesn’t need to be data. We all know this to be true.”
New metrics specifically for news articles.
Plus: Problems with the First Amendment, fact-checking the fact-checkers, and how partisan newspapers’ circulations change depending on who’s in power.
“I see my role as a sort of reinforcement editor, ensuring that the good stuff is always percolating to the top. Sometimes the news isn’t as neat as an algorithm wants to make it.”