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The last 20 posts from the Nieman Journalism Lab, for those who enjoy reverse chronological order.
Laura Hazard Owen    Feb. 15, 2019
“While remixing the stories did not resonate every time, we did see positive results on the group of hard news stories where we altered the storytelling approach.”
Laura Hazard Owen    Feb. 15, 2019
“You have nothing to be ashamed of for your parents not vaccinating you. It wasn’t something you researched and decided against, you were just doing the whole ‘being a kid’ thing.”
Christine Schmidt    Feb. 14, 2019
“People frequently click on stories that are amusing, trivial, or weird, with no obvious civic focus. But they maintain a clear sense of what is trivial and what matters.”
Francesco Marconi, Till Daldrup, and Rajiv Pant    Feb. 14, 2019
In a world where key decisions are increasingly driven by algorithms, journalists need to take a closer look at how they work and how they impact individuals and society. Here’s how The Wall Street Journal is approaching it.
Christine Schmidt    Feb. 14, 2019
Inside.com recently raised $2.6 million from SeedInvest, Jason Calacanis, and “hundreds of our readers” to keep the growth going (but not relying on reader revenue).
Christine Schmidt    Feb. 13, 2019
“This is almost a plague in this county. Why wouldn’t we want to raise awareness and do it in a way that really had an impact?”
Laura Hazard Owen    Feb. 13, 2019
“It appears in our paper, it’s going to appear in BuzzFeed, and vice versa.”
Joshua Benton    Feb. 12, 2019
“For a society to have ready access to high-quality news is essential not just for the moment, but for the long-term sustainability of democracy.”
Nicholas Quah    Feb. 12, 2019
Plus: Slow Burn heads to TV, MeUndies prove podcast advertising works, and Morning Edition changes its tune.
Nicholas Quah    Feb. 12, 2019
As Spotify tries to ramp up a podcasting-as-closed-garden model, Slate wants to offer some of that approach’s benefits while remaining open.
Joshua P. Darr, Johanna Dunaway, and Matthew P. Hitt    Feb. 11, 2019
In places that lose a newspaper, split-ticket voting decreases by almost 2 percent. Without trustworthy political information, we fall back on party labels and our partisan identities.
Ken Doctor    Feb. 11, 2019
Alden’s offer to buy Gannett looks less and less credible. But can Tribune and Gannett suss out the merger that might be necessary to stop it?
Kelsey Arendt    Feb. 8, 2019
SmartNews and Flipboard: still soaring. Twitter and Linkedin? Dropping. And…is Facebook traffic making a comeback?
Laura Hazard Owen    Feb. 8, 2019
If you thrive on emotion, read this.
Laura Hazard Owen    Feb. 7, 2019
“Nuzzel as a test kitchen.”
Christine Schmidt    Feb. 7, 2019
“It’s not paying for the newsletter or the audio file. It’s the connection to the mind.”
Joshua Benton    Feb. 7, 2019
In communities across America, there are stories that need telling. We want to help you tell them. Applications are due February 18.
Joshua Benton    Feb. 6, 2019
It now makes about 40 percent of its revenue from digital, and the path forward is clear and direct.