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Here’s Chalkbeat’s vision for local education news by 2025
The network’s pitch to local funders: “By the time the school reforms reached their zenith, there was not a single local education reporter dedicated to covering them.”
By Christine Schmidt
The New York Times shutters NYT en Español after three years: “It did not prove financially successful”
NYT en Español’s founding editorial director called the decision “extremely short-sighted,” and many others who’d worked on the product or read and followed it expressed their disappointment.
By Laura Hazard Owen
Nonprofit news outlets aren’t relying as heavily on foundations — but journalism philanthropy continues to grow
“Nonprofit news organizations have much in common even if their scope or mission differs. Their journalistic missions are shaped largely by the gaps they are trying to fill — investigative at the state, national and global level; more general news at the local level.”
By Christine Schmidt
After a $2.6M crowdfunding campaign, The Correspondent will have just one full-time journalist in the U.S.
The Correspondent is hiring a total of five full-time journalists.
By Laura Hazard Owen
Vox’s new podcast goes where news podcasts haven’t gone before: Sundays
Plus: NPR expects Podcast $$ to surpass Broadcast $$ by next year.
By Nicholas Quah
Can a science escape room livestreamed on Twitch help bring viewers to public media?
“What made us want to watch this for an hour and a half? Their ability to talk through the puzzles made me not only understand the puzzles but find out the answer and get invested.”
By Christine Schmidt
Good stuff first: Google moves to prioritize original reporting in search
The company has changed its global search algorithm to “highlight articles that we identify as significant original reporting,” and to keep such articles in top positions for longer.
By Laura Hazard Owen
Researchers analyzed more than 300,000 local news stories on Facebook. Here’s what they found.
“59 percent of the stories we were able to categorize served a critical information need…Aside from critical information needs, 31 percent of stories categorized covered sports and 9 percent were obituaries.”
By Matthew Weber, Peter Andringa, and Philip M. Napoli
Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming Facebook News tab
Facebook’s News Tab is supposed to launch this fall; the company will pay some news publishers to syndicate their headlines and article previews.
By Laura Hazard Owen
Meet the impact editor: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is now paying someone to ensure its journalism makes a difference
“We know journalism cannot bring about change on its own — but it can be a really effective piece of a bigger movement of actors and events that do bring about change.”
By Christine Schmidt
New hires hint at how Spotify is thinking about sports and news podcasts
Plus: New leadership at NPR, Apple App Store drama, and Limetown is coming to the small screen.
By Nicholas Quah
Local newspapers are suffering, but they’re still (by far) the most significant journalism producers in their communities
“While local newspapers accounted for roughly 25 percent of the local media outlets in our sample, they accounted for nearly 50 percent of the original news stories in our database.”
By Philip Napoli and Jessica Mahone
Here’s Chalkbeat’s vision for local education news by 2025
The network’s pitch to local funders: “By the time the school reforms reached their zenith, there was not a single local education reporter dedicated to covering them.”
By Christine Schmidt
The New York Times shutters NYT en Español after three years: “It did not prove financially successful”
NYT en Español’s founding editorial director called the decision “extremely short-sighted,” and many others who’d worked on the product or read and followed it expressed their disappointment.
Nonprofit news outlets aren’t relying as heavily on foundations — but journalism philanthropy continues to grow
“Nonprofit news organizations have much in common even if their scope or mission differs. Their journalistic missions are shaped largely by the gaps they are trying to fill — investigative at the state, national and global level; more general news at the local level.”
What We’re Reading
Global Editors Network / Ana Lomtadze
Richard Gingras on Google’s plan to spotlight “original reporting”
“A while back I asked one of journalism’s great editors how we might identify original reporting. He responded with the tiniest smirk, ‘It’s the stuff we spend a ton of money on!’ Of course that’s neither a detectable signal nor a guarantee of quality. In fact, being able to describe what original reporting is is tricky. It means different things to different editors and newsrooms at different times. People say you know it when you see it, but how do you translate that to an algorithm?”
Washington Post / Tony Romm and Drew Harwell
Facebook, Google, and Twitter face fresh heat from Congress on harmful online content
“Congressional lawmakers are drafting a bill to create a ‘national commission’ at the Department of Homeland Security to study the ways that social media can be weaponized — and the effectiveness of tech giants’ efforts to protect users from harmful content online.”
Knight Center / Carolina de Assis
How Chicas Poderosas promotes collaborative journalism highlighting underrepresented social issues in Latin America
“A collaborative journalism marathon that involved about 100 people in Argentina – almost all of them women – and resulted in 13 reports published in 12 media outlets is about to be repeated in Colombia and Mexico to bring to light social issues related to human rights and social justice.”
Philadelphia Inquirer / Christian Hetrick
Knight and Lenfest send money to local newsrooms for tech and product development
The $5.25M grant is the first from the $20M Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation fund and will support new tech and product hires at the Inquirer, a new project at Temple University under Aron Pilhofer to guide outlets on adopting the technology, and Resolve Philadelphia, the group behind the Broke in Philly collaboration.
Press Gazette / Charlotte Tobitt
Google is giving a UK media company millions of pounds to develop three local news sites
Yes, this is identical to the funding/task Google gave McClatchy here in the U.S. That project is now launching a site in Youngstown, Ohio.
Journalism.co.uk / Marcela Kunova
BBC tested negative news filters that blur out words to help readers with certain anxieties
“So the duo came up with a simple-sounding idea — if specific words, such as ‘knife crime’ or ‘murder’ trigger anxiety in readers, they can use a filter that would blur out sensitive content on the BBC homepage. A trigger warning would then inform the reader that the article contains keywords they marked out as sensitive.”
Engaged Journalism Lab / Anthony Advincula
Why ethnic media in New York and New Jersey still embrace print in the digital age
“In fact, over the last decade, some digital-first ethnic media publishers inNew York and New Jersey have found that some community members they serve don’t consider a news organization legitimate unless it has a print edition.”
OpenNews / Ryan Pitts
Hey local journalists, want a peer to help brainstorm your next data project (for free)?
“Peer coaches will be experienced data journalists who can look over data with you, help confirm your hunches, and identify things you might have overlooked. You bring the data and an idea, and they’ll set up a conversation to work through the questions you have. Participation is free and designed for data journalists on small teams, from local or regional newsrooms, and from underrepresented backgrounds in journalism.”
Poynter / Mel Grau
Meet the next digital women leaders in Poynter’s cohort
29 women will participate in leadership training in October, including journalists from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Code for Africa, Refinery29, and more.
Financial Times / Camilla Hodgson
Inside the 100-person, $18 million-per-year Internet Archive
“The archive itself, this partial copy of the internet, is stored in six 6ft-high servers that sit upstairs in what used to be the nave of the church. There is a full back-up copy elsewhere in California, and partial copies in Canada, the Netherlands and Alexandria, Egypt. This is precautionary, said Mr Kahle: remember the burning of the great Library of Alexandria.”
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