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The last 20 posts from the Nieman Journalism Lab, for those who enjoy reverse chronological order.
Joshua Benton    March 29, 2017
Journalists see readers’ consumption decisions through the lens of quality. But that’s only a small part of what builds a connection between a news organization and an audience.
Ken Doctor    March 28, 2017
It’s built a membership-driven model that produces trust, connection, and good journalism. But can it extend that approach to the hurly-burly of the American media market?
Jay Rosen    March 28, 2017
The NYU professor explains why he’s working with De Correspondent on its U.S. launch — and why figuring out a trusted membership model is key to journalism’s future.
Ken Doctor    March 28, 2017
“What we try to do is to chart out what’s in between those extremes, because most of the world is not ruled by the extremes; the everyday reality is what the world is actually about.”
Nicholas Quah    March 28, 2017
Plus: S-Town launches; the Missing Richard Simmons post-game; an argument for diversity in podcasts goes wrong.
Ricardo Bilton    March 27, 2017
“I see this as a chance to bring coverage of what’s happening in America to a large global audience, but also to bring an understanding of what’s happening around the world the American audience that we already largely serve.”
Joseph Lichterman    March 27, 2017
“It’s gone from being an interesting platform that we’re dipping our toes into to a huge audience.”
Shan Wang    March 27, 2017
“What is a story that needs to be told? What is the data that’s difficult to get? What would make your life easier? We’ll try to find common threads there.”
Ken Doctor    March 24, 2017
Will his attempt to sideline investor Patrick Soon-Shiong lead to consolidated control, or will legal action push back? And did we ever figure out what a Tronc is, anyway?
Laura Hazard Owen    March 24, 2017
Plus: LinkedIn claims it doesn’t have a fake news problem, Facebook’s “disputed story” alerts are spotted in the wild, and middle schoolers get trained to be skeptical.
Ricardo Bilton    March 23, 2017
NowThis’s success with its short newsy clips and distributed content ambitions gave it a model worth emulating. Now it’s looking beyond the format as it invests in longform video, investigative journalism, and other original content.
Laura Hazard Owen    March 22, 2017
“Let’s stop relying on ad buyers and social media echo chambers to determine what we put in our brains —  which is just as important, or more so, than what we put in our bodies,” Ev Williams says.
Laura Hazard Owen    March 22, 2017
“Rural is like good art — you know it when you see it.”
Shan Wang    March 22, 2017
“There’s a reason the group’s called PostThis — we want people to take stories we share there and actually post them to their own networks.”
Joseph Lichterman    March 21, 2017
“Once a month or so, that damn tweet would resurface.”
Nicholas Quah    March 21, 2017
Plus: Panoply invests in audio fiction, Rookie links up with MTV, and Missing Richard Simmons wraps up its controversial run.