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The last 20 posts from the Nieman Journalism Lab, for those who enjoy reverse chronological order.
Joshua Benton    May 17, 2021
A new study finds that reading, watching, and breathing news all day can actually leave you less informed about politics and government than being more selective — with the right sources.
Sam Wineburg    May 17, 2021
Learning to ignore information is not something taught in school.
Tommy Shane    May 14, 2021
We need new tools to ensure visual media travels in secure ways that keep us safer online. Overlays are among these tools.
Julia Bergin    May 14, 2021
China’s image plummeted in North America, but over half of 50 nations surveyed at the end of 2020 reported coverage of China had become more positive in their national media since the onset of the pandemic.
Tommy Shane, Emily Saltz, and Claire Leibowicz    May 12, 2021
How should we label AI media in ways that people understand? And how might the labels backfire?
Sonya Lustig    May 12, 2021
We can design our reporting to be valuable to multiple stakeholders, build on local expertise, uncover areas in need of investigation, and identify opportunities for change.
Mark Coddington and Seth Lewis    May 11, 2021
Plus: How community-centered collaborative journalism really works in a pandemic, the impact of Sinclair on national political views, and the everyday tactics that shape whether young people trust news.
Sarah Scire    May 11, 2021
Bloomberg has launched a suite of subscriber-only content — including a weekly newsletter and daily blog — aimed at the three-quarters of Odd Lots listeners who are not yet subscribed.
Joshua Benton    May 10, 2021
The nonprofit news site focused on criminal justice reform has a vision for “an America where stability and dignity are within everyone’s reach.” Some of its employees say you wouldn’t know that from its management.
Michelle Baruchman    May 10, 2021
A mini-diary of the organizing experience, including a timeline, resources you can rely on, and decision points you might face.
Laura Hazard Owen    May 7, 2021
Working remotely for the last year has revealed just how much of office culture is accidental, arbitrary, and sexist.
Sarah Scire    May 6, 2021
Two years after a cofounder launched Victoria-based Capital Daily as a daily newsletter, Overstory will try to replicate the success. The new media group has plans to grow to 50 publications and 250 journalists by 2023.
Hanaa' Tameez    May 6, 2021
“When I think about the kinds of stories I want us to do more of, it’s the kind of coverage that pushes people to have the conversations that lead to real change.”
Sarah Scire    May 4, 2021
But we have bad news. The acquisition means that the handy news aggregator Nuzzel will be shut down.
First Draft Staff    May 4, 2021
In April, various right-wing media outlets created an online frenzy that attacked and firmly politicized “vaccine passports” — positioning the idea as a new political flashpoint in the pandemic culture war.
Joshua Benton    May 3, 2021
And, as usual for this glum moment in media, it’s a private equity firm that wants a crack at finding new places to cut.
Lison Joseph    May 3, 2021
Here’s what Modi can do if he really wants to change India’s image of being a “dangerous place for journalists.”