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The last 20 posts from the Nieman Journalism Lab, for those who enjoy reverse chronological order.
Damian Radcliffe    Feb. 26, 2021
The social media service is tapping into the creativity, intimacy, and authenticity that audio can deliver, a trend that lies at the heart of the current golden age of podcasting.
Joshua Benton    Feb. 25, 2021
One side has institutional heft, established revenue streams, and a broadcast pace; the other brings hustle, an entrepreneurial spirit, and digital savvy. Here are the hurdles to watch for when cultures combine.
Summer Harlow    Feb. 25, 2021
Anti-racism protest stories about police brutality or the removal of Confederate statues were more often portrayed negatively, framed with an emphasis on the violence and destructiveness of protests, and relied more on officials than protesters as sources.
Laura Hazard Owen    Feb. 24, 2021
“We will make our newsroom more diverse, our editorial practices more inclusive, and our news report one that provides a truer, richer and more textured portrayal of the world. By doing so, we will ultimately attract a reader and subscriber base that more fully reflects the breadth of the society we serve.”
Joshua Benton    Feb. 23, 2021
“One cannot be betrayed if one has no people.”
Laura Hazard Owen    Feb. 23, 2021
Campbell Brown, Facebook’s VP of global news partnerships, stressed that Facebook retained the ability to take down news in Australia again.
Sarah Scire    Feb. 22, 2021
“Sunlight can disinfect, but South Carolina has lost some light.”
Fan Yang and Robbie Fordyce    Feb. 22, 2021
If the current situation continues, it may leave Facebook operating much more like the Chinese platform WeChat, where news is ruled by platform-specific content houses cranking out huge volumes of low-quality articles.
Sarah Scire    Feb. 19, 2021
“As advertising has waned, public notice has remained relatively constant and, because of that, become a larger and larger proportion of the newspaper business over time.”
Caroline Fisher, Kerry McCallum, Kieran McGuinness, and Sora Park    Feb. 19, 2021
Newspaper closures and job losses have hit areas outside Australian cities hard. Removing news from Facebook will further restrict the choices of people with already limited access to news.
Joshua Benton    Feb. 18, 2021
Audience declines of 20 percent or more have followed Facebook taking its traffic ball and going home.
Hanaa' Tameez    Feb. 18, 2021
“Nobody wants to look back on the work we’ve done and say, ‘God, we were really clueless 50 years ago.’ We want to start every day thinking that we’re as in touch with the community as we possibly can be and reflect their interests and values.”
Hanaa' Tameez    Feb. 18, 2021
The app is an experiment by The Times to get a better sense of how people are sharing Times journalism through their own Slack workspaces.
Joshua P. Darr, Jeremy Padgett, and Johanna Dunaway    Feb. 16, 2021
“We found that the House that’s shown on the news is much more ideologically extreme than the actual House.”
Sarah Scire    Feb. 16, 2021
“Some editors acknowledged that the continued emphasis on a print publication was a barrier to coverage appealing to more diverse audiences.”
Laura Hazard Owen    Feb. 12, 2021
Plus: Twitter’s Birdwatch is pretty useless so far.
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The Objective Staff    Feb. 12, 2021
Plus: Bon Appétit gets further filleted, and McClatchy is giving employees a raise.