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The last 20 posts from the Nieman Journalism Lab, for those who enjoy reverse chronological order.
Laura Hazard Owen    Sept. 18, 2020
“Conspiracies are flourishing with virtually no response from credible Spanish-language media outlets.”
Joshua Benton    Sept. 17, 2020
A new study looks at how people in seven countries view the motives of the news media in covering the pandemic. Only in the United States is that a profoundly partisan question.
Sarah Scire    Sept. 17, 2020
“In my experience in legacy media, the answer was to throw your hands in the air and say, ‘There’s not much we can do.’ Well, I don’t find that acceptable. We have to find ways to reach those audiences.”
The Objective Staff    Sept. 17, 2020
Plus: Writers reveal problems at Chicago Magazine, and The Atlantic damages trust with transgender readers.
Sarah Scire    Sept. 16, 2020
Listeners in 10 regions will hear local news after national stories thanks to geo-targeting technology being used in a new way.
Hanaa' Tameez    Sept. 16, 2020
“People tend to get very outraged when there’s a death, when something terrible happens in the news, and then the conversation caves. But in the wellness community — in the world that I work in — people are really familiar with the idea of practice.”
Joshua Benton    Sept. 15, 2020
Slow news has been pitched as a way to break through the noise and reach audiences exhausted by the daily headlines. But it’s still fast-news junkies who are most attracted to it, this new research finds.
Laura Hazard Owen    Sept. 15, 2020
Rich and poor people have different expectations of lifestyle journalism. But some of what they want is the same.
Walt Hickey    Sept. 10, 2020
“We can’t cover sports right now, or ever, as an individual and separate thing because sports are the gift we get for making our society as just and fair as possible.”
Sarah Scire    Sept. 10, 2020
As the pandemic has worsened an already critical situation, researchers started to live track evictions in 17 cities and launched a scorecard to compare protections for renters in each state.
Joshua Benton    Sept. 9, 2020
A new paper argues that the “26 words that created the internet” should remain in force — but only for companies that agree to certain new regulations and restrictions.
Mark Coddington and Seth Lewis    Sept. 8, 2020
Plus: “Cultural competence” through diverse sourcing; limitations in how journalists represent public opinion; and lessons from studying 7,000 news push notifications.