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Articles by Joshua Benton

Joshua Benton is director of the Nieman Journalism Lab. Before spending a year at Harvard as a 2008 Nieman Fellow, he spent a decade in newspapers, most recently at The Dallas Morning News. His reports on cheating on standardized tests in the Texas public schools led to the permanent shutdown of a school district and won the Philip Meyer Journalism Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has reported from 10 foreign countries, been a Pew Fellow in International Journalism, and three times been a finalist for the Livingston Award for International Reporting. Before Dallas, he was a reporter and occasional rock critic for The Toledo Blade. He wrote his first HTML in January 1994.
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When one news publisher has a story about something bad — a disaster, a death, or just general terribleness — other publishers move more quickly to match it than they do with good news.
That a local daily was having trouble making money isn’t news. But that the national chains weren’t willing to buy it on the cheap is.
Cost-cutting by newspaper chains has moved up print deadlines that even the biggest stories can’t make the paper if they happen after 6 p.m. That’s what happened in Nashville this week when Vanderbilt won the College World Series.
Just because people like to chat on their phones doesn’t mean they want to chat with you, news organizations.
/giphy ring the bell at nyse
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 if distrust is a smaller problem than the way news consumption leaves readers stressed, anxious, depressed, afraid, disempowered, and exhausted?
You can now VLOOKUP the SUMPRODUCT of the Times’ training efforts. It’s SORT of a TREND; even AVERAGE journalists can CONVERT data skills TO_DOLLARS.
Comparing 2010 and 2018 side by side makes it clear what a changed media universe we now live in.
It’s based on math reasoning that would be embarrassing from a bright middle schooler.