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The last 20 posts from the Nieman Journalism Lab, for those who enjoy reverse chronological order.
Hanaa' Tameez    Oct. 27, 2021
“Venture capital typically does not back [Black] media, unless, of course, you’re Carlos Watson.”
Peter Coe    Oct. 27, 2021
The powerful may know they won’t win in court — but they can certainly drain the resources of the news outlet doing work they don’t like along the way.
Shraddha Chakradhar    Oct. 26, 2021
“Alternative media tends to negatively portray politics and so [people] might turn away from it.”
Alex Kantrowitz    Oct. 26, 2021
The public deserves to read the documents, not just the few dozen journalists in the consortium.
Sarah Scire    Oct. 25, 2021
Samantha Melbourneweaver on the biggest mistake news organizations make with younger readers, the audience team’s growing role within the newsroom, and “getting weird” online.
Joshua Benton    Oct. 25, 2021
“It will be a flash in the pan. Some legislators will get pissy. And then in a few weeks they will move onto something else. Meanwhile we are printing money in the basement, and we are fine.”
Hanaa' Tameez    Oct. 21, 2021
HS is the only subscription national newspaper in Finland. Here’s how it gets readers to subscribe.
Sarah Scire    Oct. 21, 2021
The podcast More Than This had a challenge. How could they recreate the emotions, pacing, and atmosphere of their episodes without using any audio?
Denise-Marie Ordway    Oct. 21, 2021
“‘Breakthrough’ is the one that leaps out to me because there so rarely is a breakthrough.”
Joshua Benton    Oct. 20, 2021
American journalists look less and less like the country they cover — in terms of race, class, and background. We need to expand the pool of people who can enter the industry, and an idea from K-12 education might help.
Sarah Scire    Oct. 20, 2021
“You could spend hours a day on our home page and read seemingly everything that our newsroom produces and not come across much of our audio. That has increasingly felt odd to us.”
Laura Hazard Owen    Oct. 19, 2021
The Devil Strip’s board of directors said on Tuesday that the site had run out of money and needed to raise $75,000 to rehire staff — but didn’t explain how things got so bad in the first place.
Brian Ng    Oct. 19, 2021
“NFTs are the newest form of digital content. Structurally, that fits with Dirt’s scope.”
Hanaa' Tameez    Oct. 18, 2021
“At the end of the day travel journalism is service journalism and so you need to do a service to your readers who are very diverse.”
Nick Hagar    Oct. 18, 2021
“We found, surprisingly, that no single feature of a headline’s writing style makes much of a difference in forecasting success.”
Joshua Benton    Oct. 18, 2021
Kneecapping Facebook and adtech companies in the name of privacy just happens to have tripled a key part of Apple’s ad business.
Nikki Usher    Oct. 14, 2021
With higher education at the crossroads of the culture war, public media is vulnerable to growing political interference over its operations.
Connor Goodwin, ProPublica    Oct. 14, 2021
“Your newsroom should match the community. It’s the easiest thing to say, it’s very difficult to do.”