Nieman Foundation at Harvard
HOME
          
LATEST STORY
Congratulations to Slack, the now-public company that keeps thousands of newsrooms humming
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
Pico wants to inject CRM smarts into news sites hungry for reader relationships
“They said: ‘We don’t have a CRM. We have a plugin that manages who’s paid, and we have Mailchimp to email people.’ Honestly, that moment when they said ‘send us a CSV,’ we realized this was nuts.”
By Christine Schmidt
Twitter is removing precise-location tagging on tweets — a small win for privacy but a small loss for journalists and researchers
For the past decade, location-tagged tweets have been a useful (if imperfect) tool for anyone trying to connect time, place, and information in ways that told us something about the world.
By Joshua Benton
“News unfolds like a saga”: The French news site Les Jours wants to marry narrative, depth, and investigative reporting
“Serial” isn’t just a podcast: It’s also the format hook Les Jours uses to bring some of the lessons of drama to long-form investigative reporting. It’s a fascinating mish-mash of ideas you’ll recognize from short-run nonfiction audio, Quartz, Epic Magazine, and more.
By Olivier Holmey
Meet TikTok: How The Washington Post, NBC News, and The Dallas Morning News are using the of-the-moment platform
“When I was a beat reporter, I used to look at national news and say: How can I localize this? I feel like this is the other way around: What’s going on in our community that people can relate to across all platforms?”
By Christine Schmidt
Audiobooks are no longer exempt from the broader shifts in the podcast world
Plus: Spotify wants into news podcasting, a collective tries to boost the medium in Ireland, and a “slightly absurd, aurally adventuresome, quasi-journalistic podcast about food.”
By Nicholas Quah
Why do some people avoid news? Because they don’t trust us — or because they don’t think we add value to their lives?
What if distrust is a smaller problem than the way news consumption leaves readers stressed, anxious, depressed, afraid, disempowered, and exhausted?
By Joshua Benton
News outlets will need public support to battle governments set on chilling investigative journalism
Recent police raids against journalists in Australia and the United States seek to instill fear in the minds of journalists and their sources — less to punish the last story than to discourage the next one.
By Michael J. Socolow
As the Christchurch massacre trial begins, New Zealand news orgs vow to keep white supremacist ideology out of their coverage
“We’re going to do our job — we won’t chill our coverage in any way — but we’re not going to spread hate or misinformation.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
Populists prefer television to online news — but are sticking to Facebook as others leave
“In the U.S., though there are some outlets with populist audiences — such as Fox and HuffPost — it is clear that the majority of outlets have audiences that are predominately non-populist left, such as The New York Times.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
Investigative Network aims to bring more documentary video to local TV (but it’ll need funding first)
“What I’ve seen with most nonprofits is they’re driven by former print people who have transitioned to digital. I can’t tell you how many times I see a digital story and think it would have been a good 10-minute, 15-minute, hour-long documentary piece.”
By Christine Schmidt
How could deepfakes impact the 2020 U.S. elections?
Seven scenarios — from faked scandalous audio to voter intimidation to imagined journalistic corruption — show the sorts of misinformation disruptions that could be coming.
By Nicholas Diakopoulos and Deborah Johnson
Pico wants to inject CRM smarts into news sites hungry for reader relationships
“They said: ‘We don’t have a CRM. We have a plugin that manages who’s paid, and we have Mailchimp to email people.’ Honestly, that moment when they said ‘send us a CSV,’ we realized this was nuts.”
Twitter is removing precise-location tagging on tweets — a small win for privacy but a small loss for journalists and researchers
For the past decade, location-tagged tweets have been a useful (if imperfect) tool for anyone trying to connect time, place, and information in ways that told us something about the world.
What We’re Reading
Washington Post
The Washington Post is staffing up with ten more investigative journalists
Investigative reporters will be added to the Sports, Climate and Environment, and Foreign teams.
The Root / Jay Connor
After flaking on freelancer payments and delaying staff paychecks, Ebony has fired its digital editorial team
“As a result, according to both sources, the digital editorial staff decided to institute a work stoppage until they were compensated for their contributions to the publication. Both sources then confirmed that on June 7, after being locked out of various company accounts, the entire online editorial staff was terminated by phone. To date, neither source has received their overdue paychecks or any form of severance.”
NC Local / Melanie Sill
How a for-profit local news site used a membership drive to raise $40,000
“A free paper going back to its founding in the early 1980s as the North Carolina Independent, IndyWeek joins a growing list of for-profit publications trying voluntary membership (versus paywalls) to tap readers for direct support. IndyWeek took ideas and inspiration from a membership drive by alternative weekly the Chicago Reader and others in the industry.”
NewsMatch / Jason Alcorn
REI is now a funder of NewsMatch with $100,000
“The gift will support and expand coverage of the environment and the outdoors in ten local communities across the country, from North Carolina to Washington state.”
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Looking for funding on a collaborative climate reporting project? The Pulitzer Center has a grant for you
“The most successful projects are those in which news outlets match our commitment by adding interactive or multimedia elements to enhance and showcase their original reporting.”
City Bureau / Andrea Hart
Here are City Bureau’s community-defined engagement guidelines
“We believe authentic community engagement takes time, intentionality and space to evolve. We resist rushing this process and will not operate on timelines that don’t accommodate our community.”
Digital Trends / Mathew Katz
Kim Kardashian can get a deepfake taken off YouTube. It’s much harder for you
“Another Brandalism deepfake showing CEO Mark Zuckerberg praising Spectre has more than 100,00 views on Facebook-owned Instagram. That video, made from an interview with Zuckerberg on CBS News, remained online as of Monday morning despite CBS requesting Instagram remove it for an ‘unauthorized use of the CBSN’ trademark, a CBS spokesperson said.”
Noted / Noted
How New Zealand’s community newspapers are bucking the trend
“It’s going back to the way it was in the old days when family-owned newspapers were run by people with ink in their veins, not dollar signs in their eyes.”
JamLab / Elna Schutz
Six legal questions every digital media start-up needs to think about
“How does my entity engage with the rest of the world and itself?”
Columbia Journalism Review / Lyz Lenz
The normalization of Bryan Goldberg
“It’s a weird game of insiderism, where Goldberg routinely pushes professional and personal boundaries. It might not matter at all, except that Goldberg has big plans for his empire.”
Nieman Lab is a project to try to help figure out where the news is headed in the Internet age. Sign up for The Digest, our daily email with all the freshest future-of-journalism news.