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The last 20 posts from the Nieman Journalism Lab, for those who enjoy reverse chronological order.
Mark Coddington and Seth Lewis    May 19, 2022
Plus: The role of class in news avoidance, how local party leaders use partisan media, and what native advertising studios say to sell their work.
John Sullivan    May 19, 2022
“One of the recent shifts in podcasting has been the introduction of paywalls and exclusive content. It has since become a standard feature of the medium.”
Angie Waller and Colin Lecher, The Markup    May 18, 2022
Facebook pledged to remove race, health conditions, and political affiliation from ad-targeting options, but The Markup found advertisers can still easily target the same people.
Michael Butler    May 18, 2022
“Ukraine’s successful strategy in the battle over information demonstrates the connection between armed conflict and information warfare.”
Hanaa' Tameez    May 16, 2022
“One of our approaches here is thinking if we manage [to get] platforms and the companies to put attention into Spanish-language misinformation in the U.S., that is going to benefit our regions in the long term.”
Joshua Benton    May 16, 2022
Local TV stations have huge audiences on Facebook, but they’ll need new ways to reach younger Americans who associate the app with their parents.
Lydia Tomkiw    May 12, 2022
Poland, which has taken in more Ukrainian refugees than any other country, is launching news products for them.
Leo Schwartz    May 12, 2022
“With the rise of Telegram, graphic imagery has proliferated in the world of open-source intelligence. Does it serve a purpose?”
Shraddha Chakradhar    May 11, 2022
A new study finds that NewsGuard’s credibility ratings for news sites helped steer the most frequent consumers of misinformation towards more reliable outlets.
Jon Rineman    May 11, 2022
“If someone’s already watching something on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok, why would they set their DVRs for 1:30 a.m.?”
Laura Hazard Owen    May 10, 2022
“Instead of focusing on one very small geographic area, that same reporter may look for commonalities and trends across multiple areas.”
Sarah Scire    May 10, 2022
More than 50 local newsrooms with just one or two full-time employees made more than $100,000 in annual revenue in 2021.
Joshua Benton    May 9, 2022
At their best, they talk explicitly about reader trust — how it gets earned and lost. They lay out their standards and where they fell short. They make opaque newsroom processes transparent. And they show their work.
Filippo Menczer    May 9, 2022
A body of research shows that stronger, not weaker, moderation of the information ecosystem is what’s needed to combat harmful misinformation.
Laura Hazard Owen    May 5, 2022
“We strongly encourage staff to regularly delete historical tweets and other social posts.”
Curtis Yee    May 5, 2022
“It has to be something that every level of the news organization is on board with and is taking seriously.”
Shraddha Chakradhar    May 4, 2022
Male journalists face less harassment — and different types of it — but seem to see it as part of a job well done.
Teresa Carr    May 4, 2022
What could journalists and social scientists shed light on if they had a better view of the digital world?
Sarah Scire    May 3, 2022
After just nine days of living without any BBC services, 70% of the households hostile to paying the full license fee had changed their minds. “I was quite surprised at how much I missed it.”
Dan Falk    May 3, 2022
“If you are surrounded on all sides by information that seems to confirm this particular belief that you have, and every time you search for something you get information that confirms your beliefs, it would actually be illogical for you to say, ‘You know what, I reject this.'”