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The last 20 posts from the Nieman Journalism Lab, for those who enjoy reverse chronological order.
Laura Hazard Owen    Dec. 4, 2020
Plus: Cut the CRAAP, and Facebook’s Oversight Board announces the first cases it will take on.
The Objective Staff    Dec. 4, 2020
Hanaa' Tameez    Dec. 3, 2020
Are platforms damaging publishers’ brands? And how much is too much transparency?
Sarah Scire    Dec. 3, 2020
Senior vice president of product engineering Brian Hamman describes prepping for unusual results, multiple needles, and vote counting that stretched for days. “Essentially, any time after the election, we could be sending out a push notification calling the election and bringing massive traffic to our site.”
Tommy Shane    Dec. 1, 2020
The ocean’s twilight zone is, first and foremost, a reminder that our understanding of misinformation online is severely lacking because of limited data.
Joshua Benton    Nov. 30, 2020
Nearly half of Trump supporters surveyed still believe he’ll be sworn in for a second term in January. Not that he should be — that he will be.
Jane C. Hu    Nov. 30, 2020
The scientist has gained popularity as Covid’s excitable play-by-play announcer. But some experts want to pull his plug.
Alex Newhouse    Nov. 30, 2020
While it’s too early to tell if Parler is here to stay, it has already achieved a reputation and level of engagement that has overtaken other alternative platforms.
Nicole A. Childers    Nov. 24, 2020
The business case for diversity and inclusion in newsrooms is important, but emphasizing the moral case is required for real and lasting change.
Hanaa' Tameez    Nov. 24, 2020
Anam Khan first started the NewsRun to help other Pakistanis living abroad keep up with the news, but quickly found that people back home needed her to make sense of what’s happening in the country, too.
Joshua Benton    Nov. 23, 2020
Want to offer a special introductory rate for students and educators? Superfans of your local football team? People who’ve hit your paywall five months running? You now can through the App Store on iPad and iPhones.
Sarah Scire    Nov. 20, 2020
Deep dives! Extended chats! News bulletins! Microbulletins!
Hanaa' Tameez    Nov. 20, 2020
Ten digital news startups are collaborating to bring the news to the urban youth in Brazil, and learning about their consumption patterns along the way.
The Objective Staff    Nov. 20, 2020
Plus: The Committee to Protect Journalists has its first union contract, Wisconsin Public Radio tracks source diversity, and who is Substack for?
Laura Hazard Owen    Nov. 19, 2020
October 2020 was one of the craziest news months in recent history, but you wouldn’t know it by looking in people’s Facebook feeds.
Joshua Benton    Nov. 18, 2020
Instead of taking 30% of new subscribers’ payments, it’ll take 15%. The money’s welcome, but it’s also a reminder of how little control publishers have over the terms they get from tech giants.