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WNYC supporters waver amid harassment crisis

Thursday night, in a ballroom at the Hilton in midtown, Naomi Tarantal stepped up to the microphone. It was a bit after 6 pm. She had been waiting close to an hour and a half for the opportunity. With equal parts concern and frustration, the lifelong New Yorker and longtime WNYC listener (and sustaining member) […]
Posted: December 15, 2017, 8:30 pm

Simeon Booker was a leader among early, unheralded reporters on race

Journalist Simeon Booker consistently broke barriers in a career that spanned more than 60 years. He was the first full-time black reporter for The Washington Post. He was the first black correspondent to cover the Vietnam War. He also covered 10 US presidents, from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush (Take note, Jeopardy!). But […]
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:03 pm

Marty Baron: Fair and honest reporting 'will be validated over the long run'

As journalists, we tend to assume the public understands our jobs and how we do them — that we labor to hold officials and powerbrokers a
Posted: December 15, 2017, 4:10 pm

Strange chyrons in local news

In this week’s lower case, we have regrettable chyrons! Images courtesy of Want to see more regrettable headlines? Check out the Lower Case archives. Have a news flub you want to share? Snap a photo and email it to or tweet it to us @CJR. ICYMI: The bombshell Trump story published last summer that everyone […]
Posted: December 15, 2017, 4:08 pm

It's been a year since Facebook partnered with fact-checkers. How's it going?

Exactly one year ago, one of the larges
Posted: December 15, 2017, 2:44 pm

Should the Disney-Fox deal go through?

Trump's activist antitrust division may well hold things up
Posted: December 15, 2017, 1:13 pm

The media today: A day of shake-ups in the media world

A blockbuster acquisition, succession at the nation’s most influential newspaper, and a decision that could signal the end of the internet as we know it. Thursday provided a bevy of news that will have far-reaching implications on the media landscape. The day began with news that Disney had reached a deal to purchase most of […]
Posted: December 15, 2017, 12:51 pm

Tom Hanks on lessons from the past for journalists: 'No. 1, never stop, but No. 2, it's got to be right.'

Tom Hanks sat down with Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron on Thursday night to talk about "The Post." That movie, which will open in the
Posted: December 15, 2017, 12:24 pm

New Pulitzer Prize chief intends to honor old values while navigating industry changes

When Dana Canedy was named administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, she inherited a questionnaire that goes to potential jurors and asks for the name
Posted: December 15, 2017, 12:03 pm

Podcast: The New Yorker’s ‘Cat Person’ and ties between journalism and fiction

This week on The Kicker, Meg speaks with New Yorker Fiction Editor Deborah Treisman about how a short story, “Cat Person” by Kristen Roupenian, went viral, as well as the broader role of fiction in a journalistic setting. Then CJR Senior Staff Writer Alex Neason joins Meg and Pete to discuss the media news of […]
Posted: December 14, 2017, 7:32 pm

New guide helps whistleblowers and journalists work together

IF SUNLIGHT TRULY IS “the best of disinfectants,” as Justice Louis D. Brandeis wrote about the importance of transparency, then we need a Costco pallet of sunlight to scrub every surface of the Trump administration. Trump is being sued for violating the emoluments clause. His first national security adviser pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. […]
Posted: December 14, 2017, 6:40 pm

A.G. Sulzberger, 37, will take New York Times reins on Jan. 1

It would appear to be another seamless generational transition at The New York Times Co.
Posted: December 14, 2017, 6:33 pm

Should we stop saying 'fake news'?

In 2017, fake news was everywhere.
Posted: December 14, 2017, 3:40 pm

These tools will make your work and your work life better

We talked about a lot of tools here this year. What were your favorites? Here are ours. 
Posted: December 14, 2017, 3:31 pm

This journalist wants to find out if people will pay for ad-free news

When Ryan Nakashima covered the media for the Associated Press, he saw the entertainment industry do something new.
Posted: December 14, 2017, 2:49 pm

Baseball writers protested a player's fat new contract with Cubs — and won

Tying a player's pay to writers' votes on an award
Posted: December 14, 2017, 2:21 pm

The media today: Disney buys 21st Century Fox & The worst year on record for press freedom

BREAKING THIS MORNING: Hm, as Disney has reached a deal to purchase most of the assets of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion. Rupert Murdoch will retain control of Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News Channel, and Fox Sports channels, and Disney will get the Fox movie and TV studios and cable channels including […]
Posted: December 14, 2017, 12:43 pm

How a local paper built a tool to measure impact

How do you measure impact? Many publishers are looking to outside sources for funding through foundations, investors, and subscriptions. In addition to analyzing interest in their work through pageviews, completion rates, stickiness, and other metrics, companies and newsrooms need to show how much of a difference is being made by their work across channels. The […]
Posted: December 14, 2017, 11:50 am

‘This is unprecedented’: Public colleges limiting journalist access

On an assignment in August, freelance journalist Jeff Bachner had no trouble driving onto Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn. He parked his car and started taking photos. Soon after, a college security officer said he was trespassing and put him in handcuffs. The officer, Corporal Maurizio Gambino, took Bachner to a campus security office, Bachner […]
Posted: December 13, 2017, 4:20 pm

The media today: The loss of net neutrality threatens local journalism

The net neutrality clock is ticking down to midnight. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to roll back the neutrality protections the Obama administration put in place in 2015. Those rules prevent cable and telecom companies from charging more for certain kinds of content, or giving favorable treatment to specific sites […]
Posted: December 13, 2017, 12:15 pm

The New York Times has halved its free monthly articles to 5, its most significant paywall change since 2012

The great paywall tightening of 2017 continues. The New York Times said Friday that it will cut the number of free articles available to “most” non-subscribers each month from 10 to five, Bloomberg reported. The change is the most significant one the Times has made to its pay model since 2012, when it cut the...
Posted: December 1, 2017, 4:34 pm

Maybe it’s also time to start calling fact-checking something else. (Anybody got any ideas?)

“Social media is still a relatively small of most people’s news diet.” Stanford economist Matthew Gentzkow came to Northeastern University yesterday to go over a bunch of his research to try to answer three questions: 1. Are Americans more polarized than ever? 2. Is it the Internet’s fault? 3. Did fake news change the 2016...
Posted: December 1, 2017, 3:05 pm

Stratechery, but for jokes about Frasier: Mallory Ortberg tries the paid newsletter route

Our old friend Tim Carmody recently revived his email newsletter (and started a Patreon, go give him love), and today’s edition features an interview with the writer Mallory Ortberg, perhaps best known as one of the founders of the late The Toast. Among other things, they talk about Ortberg’s new experiment into subscriber-supported media —...
Posted: December 1, 2017, 2:27 pm

Why don’t people trust the news and social media? A new report lets them explain in their own words

A new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism offers a bit more insight into what’s driving distrust in news organizations across the world. Working with YouGov, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism polled around 18,000 people across nine countries (U.S., Germany, UK, Ireland, Spain, Denmark, Australia, France, and Greece)...
Posted: December 1, 2017, 1:28 am

Your pocket is buzzing: 2017 was the year of push alerts and this new report illustrates why

A push alert is large, it contains multitudes. 2017 was a nutty year for push alerts, a Slate feature memorably showed. The timing is good for a new report, “Pushed beyond breaking: U.S. newsrooms use mobile alerts to define their brand,” released this week in collaboration between the Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the...
Posted: November 30, 2017, 3:49 pm

After a rocky reception, Le Monde’s Décodex is almost a year into fighting intox (fake news) in France

On Wednesday, when Donald Trump retweeted three unverified anti-Muslim videos from the leader of a British far-right extremist group, Le Monde was on the case: It posted a debunk of the videos, with context and background. These quick debunks are just one part of how Le Monde is getting fact-checks out to its readers. It...
Posted: November 30, 2017, 3:42 pm

At this EU-supported online outlet for young Europeans, its readers are also its writers and translators

Twenty-four official languages are spoken in the European Union. Cafébabel dreams of a being a place that unites many of them. Its articles — most of which are available to read in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Polish, plus sometimes even more languages where relevant — inhabit a Europe where young Italians might care about...
Posted: November 30, 2017, 2:43 pm

Big broadcasters ruled Twitter during the UK’s general elections. But a few digital-only outlets managed to punch well above their weight

Tweeting more often to more followers doesn’t always lead to more audience engagement. That was at least the case on Twitter around the 2017 U.K. General Election, according to new analysis conducted by the Reuters Institute that drew from 4.26 million, specifically news-related tweets (out of a wider set of 28 million tweets). Unsurprising things...
Posted: November 29, 2017, 4:13 pm

This reporting project wants to get environmental investigations out of PDFs and white papers and to the people affected

Who is the audience for investigative journalism about environmental crises in the Global South? Often, it’s not the residents of those countries themselves. Such reporting, especially when it’s done by nonprofits, can end up trapped in white papers and PDFs with little chance of reaching a broad audience. The Gecko Project — an investigative reporting...
Posted: November 29, 2017, 3:14 pm

Taking a cue from ProPublica, The Trace is partnering with local TV stations to report major gun stories

The role of gun thefts in crimes in is a big, complex issue in the U.S., and to cover it, single-topic gun issues news site The Trace needed some help. Last week, the site published Missing Pieces, the product of a deep, yearlong investigation into how stolen firearms have been used to commit crimes. The...
Posted: November 29, 2017, 2:49 pm

Video was key for The Washington Post’s debunking of Project Veritas. But what will “proof” look like in an era of easily doctored visuals?

A confrontation in a Greek restaurant. Dueling camera-laden interviews in a parking lot. These two scenes are at the heart of the Washington Post’s debunking of the claims of Jaime Phillips, a woman who appears to have been working with Project Veritas using secretly recorded footage to try to swindle the news organization’s reporters into...
Posted: November 28, 2017, 5:21 pm

If your favorite podcast gets a new host, is it still your favorite podcast?

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 142, published November 28, 2017. Longest Shortest Why. Andrea Silenzi, creator of Panoply cult favorite Why Oh Why, is moving to Midroll to take over as the new host of Hillary Frank’s beloved parenting podcast, The Longest Shortest Time. The change will kick in...
Posted: November 28, 2017, 4:33 pm

This investigative outlet’s fact-checkers are traveling cross country to take its readers behind the scenes

More news organizations are launching dedicated fact-checking operations. But how will they get more of their audiences to care about their fact-checks in the first place? “People who go to fact-checking workshops are, in general, more likely to be those that are already questioning facts. It’s a self-selecting thing,” Alastair Brian, all too aware of...
Posted: November 28, 2017, 2:46 pm

Slow down! Here’s how the speed and structure of Twitter have made it harder to think

How to Think, a new book from Baylor University professor Alan Jacobs, is very much of the times. In it, Jacobs examines the forces — both mental and technological — that conspire to make it easier for people to dig into their positions, to make it harder to understand opposing viewpoints. One big culprit? Human...
Posted: November 27, 2017, 8:26 pm

With the Koch brothers’ interest in Time Inc come more questions about billionaire-influenced media

The speculation is over: Time Inc. has officially found a buyer. Meredith, the publisher of magazines including Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle, shelled out $2.8 billion for Time in a deal announced Sunday night. But with the end of that speculation comes some new questions about the potential involvement of Charles and David...
Posted: November 27, 2017, 8:09 pm

In Turkey, use of Facebook and Twitter for news is falling, and WhatsApp is rising

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism released a Turkey-specific supplement to its annual Digital News Report. The supplement, by Servet Yanatma, offers a look at what it’s like to be a media consumer in a highly polarized environment, where roughly the same percentage of people trust the news overall (40 percent) and distrust...
Posted: November 22, 2017, 2:04 pm

“Checking Twitter…while being rushed into a bunker”: Considering fake news and nuclear war

Coming soon: The Disinformation Action Lab. Part of a group of Knight grants announced last week: The Data & Society Research Institute is getting $250,000 to launch the Disinformation Action Lab, which will “use research to explore issues such as: how fake news narratives propagate; how to detect coordinated social media campaigns; and how to...
Posted: November 22, 2017, 1:30 pm

The future of news (and far beyond), according to Scandinavian media giant Schibsted’s latest trends report

‘Tis the season for trend reports. The Scandinavian media giant Schibsted’s annual trends report — part predictions, part survey research, part self-promotion — is out today, free for anyone interested. The report features essays on everything from the promise and pitfalls of artificial intelligence to sustainability to the future of bicycles as a consistent mode...
Posted: November 21, 2017, 5:07 pm

Can Canada build its own independent podcast industry in the True North strong and free?

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 141, published November 21, 2017. Lock down that turkey, folks. And for you vegans, long live the Garsquashroom. Notes from north of the border. When it comes to the Canadian podcast industry, there seems to be a lot to talk about. At least, that’s...
Posted: November 21, 2017, 2:48 pm

Here are three tools that help digital journalists save their work in case a site shuts down

The abrupt shutdown of the Gothamist and DNAinfo local news networks earlier this month was a stark reminder to digital journalists who want archives of their stuff: Back it up! Back it up! It isn’t just that news apps and digital interactives won’t last forever; as my colleague Shan Wang wrote in September in a...
Posted: November 21, 2017, 2:00 pm

Village Media, relying on local advertisers, seems to have found a scalable (and profitable) local news model

Village Media is doing that weird thing where it’s using only digital advertising to support local news — and it’s working. With roots from an online coupon book in the early 2000s for local residents to print out discounts and bring them to the retailer in person, Village Media has evolved and expanded since 2013...
Posted: November 20, 2017, 7:10 pm

Investigate these resources for in-depth reporting, from the Global Investigative Journalism Conference

More than a thousand investigative journalists convened over the weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the tenth iteration of the Global Investigative Journalism Conference. In case that didn’t include you, here’s some of the tools and tips that emerged from the gathering: #GIJC17 Plenary: “I’ve never seen so many troublemakers & the world’s worst nightmares...
Posted: November 20, 2017, 5:09 pm

Three years in, Discourse Media looks to membership to power its national expansion

Can a “scrappy West Coast startup” go national in an expansion based on crowd investment and a membership platform drawing on artificial intelligence? There are a lot of ingredients in that mix. As my colleague Shan Wang noted in Nieman Lab’s earlier coverage of Discourse Media, a “full-service” digital journalism organization based in Vancouver, Discourse...
Posted: November 20, 2017, 2:46 pm

Bad news from Mashable, BuzzFeed, and Vice shows times are rough for ad-supported digital media

Thursday was a rough day for digital media. Within hours, a series of reports, some unofficial and others confirmed, underscored a bitter reality that’s become increasingly harder to avoid: Not even the biggest digital media startups are immune from the seismic shifts in digital advertising affecting the whole industry. The upshot: Ad-supported digital media is...
Posted: November 17, 2017, 6:13 pm

Asking members to support its journalism (no prizes, no swag), The Guardian raises more reader revenue than ad dollars

Instead of using tote bags, tickets to live events, or other swag, The Guardian‘s membership program has grown to 800,000 supporters a year and a half after doubling down on its membership initiative. The key? A shift from a commercially focused plea to an emotional, service-based request, the two women leading the effort said. “Our...
Posted: November 17, 2017, 2:00 pm

Beating the 404 death knell: Singapore news startups struggle to cover costs and find their footing

It wasn’t much of a surprise when the Singapore news startup The Middle Ground announced recently that they were shutting down. The site, which managed to pull in a mere $2,200 a month from patrons, couldn’t sustain the overhead of a news business that was only founded in June of 2015. “The chances of failure...
Posted: November 17, 2017, 1:55 pm

Newsonomics: A call to arms (and wallets) in the new era of deregulation and bigger media

Quibble, if you will, about the level of degeneracy now afoot in the heart of the Old and New Confederacy, as the Roy Moore saga provides yet more sick drama in the country. That’s a sideshow. What’s quickly appearing on the main stage — if it’s still behind the curtain for now — is the...
Posted: November 16, 2017, 4:00 pm

Knight shares what it’s learned over 10 years of the Knight News Challenge (and announces eight new winners)

Ten years, 190 projects, and $49 million later, the Knight Foundation has released a report about what it’s learned over a decade of funding the Knight News Challenge. It’s also giving eight previous award winners a combined $4.5 million in new funding for new projects. (Disclosure: Nieman Lab also receives funding from Knight.) Among the...
Posted: November 16, 2017, 2:00 pm

The Trust Project brings news orgs and tech giants together to tag and surface high-quality news

Will readers trust the news more if they have more information about who’s behind it? It’s worth a try. Thursday marks the launch of The Trust Project, an initiative three years in the making (but feeling oh-so-relevant right about now) that brings together news outlets such as The Washington Post, The Economist, and the Globe...
Posted: November 16, 2017, 10:00 am

“No cookie-cutter model”: How local news organizations are surviving today and preparing for the future

Most newspapers in the U.S. have circulations of less than 50,000. Some are headquartered in towns of fewer than 2,000 residents. Some are flying under the radar in metropolitan areas of half a million. Among these smaller market newspapers, there is no “cookie-cutter model” to local news success, but there are many common challenges, useful...
Posted: November 15, 2017, 3:25 pm