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The last 20 posts from the Nieman Journalism Lab, for those who enjoy reverse chronological order.
The Arizona Storytellers Project Valentines event took place at the First Draft Book Bar at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.  Megan Finnerty welcomes the crowd.
Justin Ellis    May 22, 2015
The four-year-old program has helped boost the newspaper’s events business and helped strengthen relationships with the community through nights of storytelling.
Ken Doctor    May 21, 2015
The pricetag would be high, but it might be worth it to reassemble one part of the old newspaper bundle — tying together local news and local services.
Simon Owens    May 20, 2015
Low financial risk and a desire for word-of-mouth sharing have led news sites to collaborate, sharing audience and infrastructure.
Joseph Lichterman    May 19, 2015
“Many 19th-century newspapers are comprised primarily of content from other newspapers.”
A newly laid brick wall
Joseph Lichterman    May 18, 2015
Data and mobile are big winners; working to get readers to pay is losing a little momentum.
Melody Kramer    May 15, 2015
Melody Kramer is trying to build the next generation of supporters for public media by letting them contribute by sharing a skill as well as their credit card number.
Ken Doctor    May 14, 2015
It’s taken lots of cuts to keep American newspaper companies even slightly profitable. But without better cashflow, they’ll continue to struggle to build the next version of the industry.
Zachary M. Seward    May 14, 2015
“So when we say Quartz is an API, we don’t mean publish once and send it everywhere. We mean Quartz can go anywhere our readers are, in whatever form is appropriate.”
Joshua Benton    May 13, 2015
Nine publishers have signed on, hoping it’s a way to better monetize mobile traffic they struggle to turn into dollars. But is it a smart adjustment to digital reality — or a surrender?
Justin Ellis    May 12, 2015
The money will help PRX’s collective of public media-minded shows develop sustainable business models and expand with new shows and producers.
Joseph Lichterman    May 11, 2015
“We want to make audiences that normally may have a stereotype about what the BBC is — we want to show them that the BBC is up to speed with the modern times.”
Ken Doctor    May 7, 2015
The purchase of U-T San Diego by Tribune Publishing — owners of the Los Angeles Times up the road — is a sign of the kind of newspaper consolidation publishers are being pushed toward.
Justin Ellis    May 7, 2015
The app is letting NPR capture better data than ever on how people listen to audio: “What I want to give people is not just the thing they will tolerate enough that they won’t skip it — but the thing they love.”
Justin Ellis    May 4, 2015
The New York Times story changes its text depending on where you’re reading it: “It’s a fine line between a smarter default and being creepy.”
Joseph Lichterman    May 4, 2015
Since moving to South Korea in March, Elise Hu has been using Tumblr to document everything from the serious to the silly — and expand her voice beyond the NPR airwaves.
Alfred Hermida    May 4, 2015
In this excerpt from his new book, Alfred Hermida explores the connection between moral violation and Facebook likes.
Joshua Benton    May 1, 2015
Its core ideas have always been compelling, but Circa has been unable to find an audience large enough to attract new investment.