Nieman Foundation at Harvard
HOME
          
LATEST STORY
The future of local news is “civic information,” not “declining legacy systems,” says new report
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
The future of local news is “civic information,” not “declining legacy systems,” says new report
“In this vision, the community librarian facilitating conversations around authoritative, trusted digital news is as celebrated as the dogged reporter pursuing a scoop.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
Is text-generating AI an industry killer or just another wave of hype?
“There can potentially be massive shifts, benefits, and risks in many industries, but I cannot see a scenario where this is a ‘sky is falling’ kind of issue.”
By Julia Angwin, The Markup
Meet the first-ever accessibility engineer at The Washington Post
“It is definitely stressful to be the first in this new role. I feel deep down like I need to justify its creation with every step that I take.”
By Sarah Scire
BDG shutters Gawker 2.0: “We have to prioritize our better monetized sites”
BDG CEO Bryan Goldberg called Gawker “a pre-monetization product,” but the brand is really old in internet years.
By Laura Hazard Owen
New York Focus, the Empire State–centered newsroom, aims to hold Albany accountable
“How is it possible that my state, that I’ve lived in all my life, is run like this?”
By Hanaa' Tameez
This report sees journalistic “bias” less as partisanship and more as relying on too-comfortable habits
“The first step is to accept that broad impartiality brings a stronger obligation to look.”
By Joshua Benton
@nytimes is now on TikTok
“nytimes on the tok?! 🤩”
By Laura Hazard Owen
The first newspaper strike of the digital age stretches into a new year
When staff at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette walked off the job 100 days ago, they became the first newspaper to strike in decades. They’ve already been followed by more.
By Sarah Scire
Twitter will soon let news outlets lay visual claim to their staffers’ accounts. Should they?
Your employer’s logo might soon be attached to every tweet you make — for better or for worse.
By Joshua Benton
Where did all the new podcasts go?
The number of new podcasts launched fell by nearly 80% between 2020 and 2022 — and seems to keep dropping. Has podcasting moved from gold rush to mature market?
By Joshua Benton
A new fellowship enlists students to fill reporting gaps on HBCUs
“There’s no [better] way to be close to an institution than through somebody who lives in a dorm.”
By Hanaa' Tameez
Why whistleblowers’ trust in journalism is fading
Plus: What people expect from podcasts as a form of journalism, improving reporting on suicide saves lives, and the important role of Google Knowledge Panels in cueing confidence in news organizations.
By Mark Coddington and Seth Lewis
The future of local news is “civic information,” not “declining legacy systems,” says new report
“In this vision, the community librarian facilitating conversations around authoritative, trusted digital news is as celebrated as the dogged reporter pursuing a scoop.”
By Laura Hazard Owen
Is text-generating AI an industry killer or just another wave of hype?
“There can potentially be massive shifts, benefits, and risks in many industries, but I cannot see a scenario where this is a ‘sky is falling’ kind of issue.”
Meet the first-ever accessibility engineer at The Washington Post
“It is definitely stressful to be the first in this new role. I feel deep down like I need to justify its creation with every step that I take.”
What We’re Reading
Raleigh News & Observer / Korie Dean
Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Journalism, co-founded by Nikole Hannah-Jones, will leave UNC-Chapel Hill
The society will move to Morehouse College, a historically Black college in Atlanta. Hannah-Jones co-founded the organization with Ron Nixon, Topher Sanders and Corey Johnson in 2016.
Inside Higher Ed / Peter Laufer
Professor asks Gannett to donate the local newspaper to the J-school
“I’m all for it when the paper stops making money,” Gannett’s senior vice president for corporate development Jay Fogarty told the professor. “Glad we’re talking. But at this point it does make some money.”
New York Times / Elizabeth Spiers
“A eulogy for Gawker, the best and worst thing I ever made”
“The original Gawker could never exist today. Gen X’s once seemingly edgy skepticism of institutional power has become Gen Z’s outright rejection of it. And, more to the point, nothing is too salacious for mainstream media to cover anymore.”
New York Times / Kevin Roose
ChatGPT has more than 30 million users and is, for now, “a money pit”
Two months after its debut, ChatGPT gets roughly five million visits a day. That makes it one of the fastest-growing software products in memory. There are no ads, and each conversation costs the company a few cents in processing power, which adds up to millions of dollars a week.
POLITICO / VERONIKA MELKOZEROVA
Reporting corruption in a time of war: The Ukrainian journalists’ dilemma
“In the first six months of the invasion, Ukrainian journalists and watchdogs decided to put their public criticism of the Ukrainian government on pause and focus on documenting Russian war crimes. But that has backfired. ‘This pause led to a rapid loss of accountability for many Ukrainian officials,’ Mykhailo Tkach, one of Ukraine’s top investigative journalists, wrote in a column for Ukrainska Pravda.”
WSJ / Alexandra Bruell
Publisher of Sports Illustrated and Men’s Journal now using AI to generate articles and story ideas
“Some articles in Men’s Journal are already AI-generated, the company said, such as ‘Proven Tips to Help You Run Your Fastest Mile Yet,’ and ‘The Best Ways for Men Over 40 to Maintain Muscle.’ The articles were created based on information from 17 years of archived stories from Men’s Fitness, a brand that exists under Men’s Journal.”
The Verge / Mia Sato
CNET pushed reporters to be more favorable to advertisers, staffers say
“Former CNET staff say the guardrails that keep editorial content independent, like a divide between revenue teams and journalists, or a clear chain of command among leadership, were repeatedly breached after the Red Ventures acquisition.”
Houston Landing / Mizanur Rahman
Houston Landing, a nonprofit news outlet, will launch this spring
Mizanur Rahman, formerly of the Houston Chronicle, is editor-in-chief. The site, announced a year ago, will launch with $20 million in seed funding from three Houston philanthropies, the American Journalism Project, and the Knight Foundation.
Substack / Chris Cillizza
Chris Cillizza: “Come 2024, I will be casting the first ballot of my life”
“I have never voted in a presidential election. Or a midterm. Or any election at all…What I’ve come to realize is that whether or not you vote — or who you vote for — is a poor stand-in for whether or not you can fairly cover a story.”
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.