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The new drone rules: What journalists need to know

New rules governing the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones, come into effect on August 29. The changes, released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), make it easier for everyday journalists to incorporate drone footage into their work. But just because you can use a drone, doesn’t mean you should use a drone. spoke with...
Posted: August 26, 2016, 9:22 pm

Every Friday until the elections, the Washington Post will flood social media with fact checks

Commentators may be waxing lyrical about the "post-fact" era, but readers — at least at The Washington Post — don't seem to be buying it. Back in July, National Digital Editor Terri Rupar noticed traffic to the Republican National Convention liveblog "really spiked" when the Post announced on social networks that it would include analysis […]
Posted: August 26, 2016, 5:21 pm

The New York Times is launching digital-first teams to cover gender, education and climate change

The New York Times appears to be getting further away from its print roots in a bid to cover the news on a variety of platforms. That's the impression one comes away with after a close look at three new job ads from The New York Times posted Friday morning. The ads, which seek editors […]
Posted: August 26, 2016, 4:30 pm

How USA Today unraveled Ryan Lochte’s Rio drama

Last Thursday, Taylor Barnes and other journalists crowded into a theater across the street from a police station in Rio de Janeiro. The police were there to talk about what happened with four U.S. Olympic swimmers at a gas station the previous Sunday. David Meeks, managing editor of USA Today Sports Media Group, was watching […]
Posted: August 26, 2016, 1:12 pm

MediaFile, a D.C.-based media reporting site, is launching Monday

In his 2015 obituary for American Journalism Review (published in Columbia Journalism Review), Mike Hoyt mourned the passing of a Washington institution that had the muscle to tackle ambitious stories about the media business. In a world rife with shallow criticism, Hoyt argued, AJR's passing meant one less newsroom full of reporters working the phones […]
Posted: August 25, 2016, 7:32 pm

Jokes come first in ‘The Daily Show’s’ fact-checking segment

Step aside, Pinocchios and Pants on Fire. "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central has entered the fact-checking world with ratings such as "a puppy snorting cocaine" and "a John Travolta." "The Daily Show’s" "What the Actual Fact?" segments can sometimes seem as substantive as PolitiFact or The Washington Post's Fact-Checker. But they also contain the […]
Posted: August 25, 2016, 7:05 pm

Inspired by elephants, entrepreneur turns sleepy yoga magazine into digital juggernaut

How does an unemployed thirty-something journalism school graduate with a background in Buddhist publishing take a flailing regional glossy about yoga and turn it into a multimedia “feel-good” content juggernaut that attracts millions of monthly readers? He starts by changing the name. Waylon Lewis, an ambitious Boulder native with no experience running a publication, took over Yoga in the Rockies...
Posted: August 25, 2016, 4:44 pm

How solutions journalism makes your reporting stronger

Solutions journalism is a "howdunnit" approach that offers rigorous and compelling coverage about responses to social problems — reporting that adheres to the highest of journalistic standards. This approach makes watchdog reporting even stronger. Here are other strengths of solutions journalism. Solutions Journalism Provides Context Journalism that fails to cover responses to social problems provides […]
Posted: August 25, 2016, 3:53 pm

After Italy’s earthquake, rubble fills front pages around the world

The death toll from Wednesday's destructive earthquake continued rising today in Italy. At last count, more than 240 people died in the powerful quake that hit Central Italy, according to USA Today. Striking images of the rubble now filling many towns made front pages around the world. Here's a collection, via Kiosko, Il Post and […]
Posted: August 25, 2016, 1:57 pm

Mounting losses turn The Daily Tar Heel into a newspaper startup

Betsy O’Donovan got straight to the point. "We have been losing money since 2011, and we have two years to figure our way out," said O’Donovan, general manager of the University of North Carolina's student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel. O'Donovan, a former Nieman Fellow who studied the newspaper industry's collapsing business model, joined the […]
Posted: August 25, 2016, 1:18 pm

The Cohort: The squad that you deserve

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. Imagine a typical evening out with friends. What are the conversations like? What did you contribute? Do you picture yourself inspired, energized and encouraged by the end of the night? And if not, why? I was recently in New Orleans celebrating a bachelorette […]
Posted: August 25, 2016, 11:59 am

The case for keeping comments

On Tuesday, NPR followed through with a much-discussed decision to abolish its story-page comments in favor of social media, joining a growing list of publishers including The Toronto Star, Vice’s Motherboard, Mic and Reuters. The recent closures are an indicator of a troubling trend that signals detachment on the part of news organizations when it […]
Posted: August 24, 2016, 7:44 pm

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower Case... San Jose Mercury, 5/8/76 The Vancouver Sun, 7/23/86 Want to see more regrettable headlines? Check out the Lower Case archives.
Posted: August 24, 2016, 5:21 pm

Business realities are impacting all college newspapers. But what happens when they’re for-profit?

The Central Florida Future, the student newspaper at the University of Central Florida founded in 1968, published its last issue August 4. But the decision to close it down came from an unusual source: Florida Today, the Gannett paper based in Brevard County, which had bought the Future in 2007. “It wasn’t a knee-jerk [decision]...
Posted: August 24, 2016, 4:00 pm

BuzzFeed is separating its entertainment and news divisions, pushing both further into video

BuzzFeed may have always felt like two things, especially to non-media types: a viral entertainment powerhouse, and a Very Serious news division. Now BuzzFeed the company is officially splitting into two divisions, one to focus on entertainment and the other on news. Both divisions will place a huge emphasis on (what else) digital video. In...
Posted: August 24, 2016, 3:43 pm

Reuters’s new polling simulator is built for the age of Trump

Campaign season is a quadrennial reminder that numbers often drive the most consequential stories. Census surveys are sliced and diced into shareable charts. A glut of polling is chewed up and spit out as intricate graphics. Election forecasters roll out bigger, better, and more interactive models. Altogether, it’s something of a data visualization arms race. The latest entrant is Reuters*,...
Posted: August 24, 2016, 2:57 pm

As sites abandon comments, The Coral Project aims to turn the tide

NPR last week announced its decision to shut down comments on its website in favor of comments on social media—saying “the audience itself has decided.” In a post explaining its decision, NPR’s ombudsman and public editor Elizabeth Jensen says only .06 percent of site users comment on the site. NPR guesses that the commenters on the NPR site are not...
Posted: August 23, 2016, 5:40 pm

A controversial ballot measure has Colorado news outlets grappling with the "S" word

On Election Day, voters in Colorado will have a big decision to make: whether to approve an initiative that would allow terminally ill patients to obtain a prescription for drugs to end their lives. But before then, news outlets in the state have a decision of their own to make: what language to use when describing the proposal. Like abortion,...
Posted: August 23, 2016, 4:45 pm

Where does local TV news fit in the digital age? Tegna, a year separated from Gannett, has some ideas

Television isn’t dead; it isn’t even TV, as we’ve known it. Broadcast companies may be weathering for now the rise of platforms, the fractured nature of digital news consumption, the uncertainty of digital advertising models (name a trend, any trend) better than their newspaper peers, but there are plenty of signs of turbulence ahead, especially...
Posted: August 23, 2016, 4:36 pm

Report: The New York Times is expanding to Australia and Canada

The New York Times is planning on expanding to Canada and Australia as part of the paper’s three-year $50 million push to grow its readership outside the United States, Politico reported Tuesday. The Times announced its international growth initiative, called NYT Global, earlier this year, and it also launched NYT en Español, a Spanish-language site...
Posted: August 23, 2016, 4:15 pm

Hot Pod: Can a political podcast avoid being overtaken by events?

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue eighty-four, published August 23, 2016. A design challenge for political podcasts. I’ve spilt a fair bit of ink on election-related podcasts over the past few weeks here on Hot Pod, and perhaps just as well: For any serious news media endeavor, the U.S. presidential...
Posted: August 23, 2016, 2:45 pm

This is not your mother's language column

An alien who read a lot of news and features reports from the past year could not be blamed for concluding that Americans must really hate their parents and grandparents, or at least reject a lot of what they liked. There’s the redecorated restaurant not suitable for Dad. “We wanted to make it look more upscale, with a little more...
Posted: August 22, 2016, 6:33 pm

Why this Mexican sports site is experimenting with as many new story formats as it can

The Mexican men’s Olympic soccer team entered its game against South Korea earlier this month needing a win to advance to the knockout round. El Tri, as the Mexican team is known, won the gold medal in 2012, but if they didn’t win they would be returning home from Rio empty handed. The stakes were...
Posted: August 22, 2016, 5:38 pm

Platform aimed at audience interaction generates story ideas, goodwill

One morning in January, Elizabeth Marlow was on her way to work listening to KALW in San Francisco, her favorite local public radio station, when she heard an announcement encouraging listeners to share questions they wanted the station to investigate. So Marlow, a nurse practitioner who has lived in the Bay Area for 18 years, went to the KALW site...
Posted: August 22, 2016, 4:28 pm

After 14 years, is officially dead. Here are some numbers to remember its life by

By now you’ll have heard that after 14 years, will publish no more. Univision, the new owner of’s sibling sites, likely decided it didn’t want to deal with the Gawker Media flagship’s baggage. Gawker’s writers are being folded into other sites like Deadspin, Gizmodo, and Jezebel, or into other parts of Univision (though...
Posted: August 22, 2016, 3:47 pm

How does your newsroom share the data behind your data journalism with the public? Fill out this survey!

When your news organization publishes data stories, does it always publish a “nerd box” alongside it, explaining the methodology behind the analysis and detailing decisions made along the way? Does it publish the complete raw data set, in its naked glory? Or does it publish a cleaned-up version of the data? Or nothing at all?...
Posted: August 22, 2016, 3:01 pm

Shield laws and journalist's privilege: The basics every reporter should know

Compelled disclosure is in the air. A federal judge has ordered Glenn Beck to disclose the names of confidential sources he used in his reporting that a Saudi Arabian man was involved in the Boston Marathon bombing. The man sued Beck for defamation after he was cleared of any involvement. Journalist and filmmaker Mark Boal, who wrote and produced The...
Posted: August 22, 2016, 11:50 am

Twitter introduces a vague new “quality filter” (but, yeah, it’s really about curbing abuse)

Yesterday, Twitter rolled out a couple new enhancements that it says will “give you more control over what you see and who you interact with on Twitter” and help you “control your experience.” Two words that don’t appear in the announcement: “abuse” or “harassment.” But those are the underlying issues they’re trying to tackle. The...
Posted: August 19, 2016, 5:34 pm

The curious case of sports writers who switch to wine

The San Diego Union of the 1980s dispatched a team of journalists including Dan Berger, Robert Whitley, Bruce Schoenfeld, and Linda Murphy to bring readers the plays and personalities of sports. Today, the four former sports-desk colleagues are among the most respected wine writers in the world, their works appearing in prestigious wine-centric magazines Decanter and Wine Spectator as well...
Posted: August 19, 2016, 5:06 pm

It’s time to apply for a Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowship

Journalism lives in interesting times. By many measures, the opportunity for invention and impact are greater than ever. By others, it’s an industry crippled by stubborn financial conditions. But we’re bullish at Nieman, and every day invest in the people we think can make a difference. If you’re someone with an idea to advance journalism...
Posted: August 19, 2016, 1:00 pm

Fusion’s newsletter strategy trades automated feeds for human curation and reporters’ voices

Few would argue at this point that the email newsletter isn’t one of the most powerful ways for publishers to develop strong relationships with readers. What’s less clear is the best strategy to employ within those newsletters themselves. At Fusion, the newsletter strategy of choice has been built on the idea that its emails should feel organic and...
Posted: August 19, 2016, 12:45 pm

Has Olympics coverage shortchanged Brazil?

The scale of the Olympics enterprise is startling. For every athlete participating in the Games, there are now three members of the press scurrying across Rio de Janeiro looking for stories to tell--as many as 30,000 accredited journalists in total. For years, there has been very little global journalism focused on Rio and the 6 million human dramas unfolding there...
Posted: August 18, 2016, 10:24 pm

5 lessons on the craft of journalism from Longform podcast

At first I was reluctant to dive into the Longform podcast, a series of interviews with nonfiction writers and journalists that recently produced its 200th episode. The reasons for my wariness were petty. What sane freelancer wants to listen to highly successful writers and editors droning on about their awards and awesome careers? Not this guy! But about a year...
Posted: August 18, 2016, 8:00 pm

ESPN’s drug-war epic ‘Pin Kings’ invigorates multi-platform storytelling genre

Kevin Pedersen and Alex DeCubas were co-captains of their high school wrestling team who ended up on opposite sides of the War on Drugs. DeCubas became one of the nation’s most sought after drug kingpins, with connections to the Colombian drug cartels, and Pedersen became a decorated agent with the DEA, the agency tasked with arresting DeCubas. It’s a helluva story,...
Posted: August 18, 2016, 5:40 pm

After being bought by Univision, is being shut down

After agreeing to purchase all of the Gawker Media properties earlier this week, Univision has decided to shut down, the site reported Thursday. Gawker said the site will go dark next week. In a short post, Gawker’s J.K. Trotter said staffers learned Thursday afternoon that the site would close: Nick Denton, the company’s outgoing...
Posted: August 18, 2016, 5:28 pm

The New York Times is shutting down its lauded, younger-reader-seeking NYT Now app

The New York Times said Thursday that it is shutting down its NYT Now app. The app was an attempt at developing a mobile product aimed at a younger audience. The app will stop being available for download on Aug. 29. goodbye NYT Now — Shan Wang ☃ (@shansquared) August 18, 2016 The Times...
Posted: August 18, 2016, 5:15 pm

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

This week, we have two hilarious headlines. The Wichita Eagle-Beacon, 9/10/86 Bellingham (Wash.) Herald 2/15/77
Posted: August 18, 2016, 4:22 pm

What it takes to manage a daily popup Snapchat channel from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

The people on the BuzzFeed team on the ground in Rio producing the NBC Olympics daily Snapchat channel are night owls — by necessity. “Because most of the action happens in primetime, you can’t get around the fact of working a really late night. Something will happen in primetime and we will have to cover...
Posted: August 18, 2016, 4:18 pm

“It’s a little bit of a crazy concept”: Three women’s newsletters on the decline of the glossy magazine

With the folding of More and Lucky magazines, layoffs across properties, and more brands focusing their marketing efforts on mobile and digital, it’s not a golden age for women’s magazines in print. One place at least some of the audience’s attention is moving: email newsletters, that most ’90s/’00s of distribution formats. Alongside fellow throwback podcasting,...
Posted: August 18, 2016, 4:06 pm

Elisabeth Rosenthal on leaving NYT to edit Kaiser Health News: 'I hope we can add an investigative edge'

In September, after 22 years as a New York Times correspondent, Elisabeth Rosenthal will take over as editor-in-chief of the nonprofit Kaiser Health News. Rosenthal, an emergency room doctor by training, wrote a lengthy, well-received series for the Times about the high cost of American healthcare, “Paying Till It Hurts.”  With the series, she told me in early 2014, she...
Posted: August 18, 2016, 11:50 am

Another Gatehouse paper in Florida moves to unionize

Newsroom employees at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune took steps to unionize Wednesday, just days after journalists at a sister publication, the Lakeland Ledger, officially became the first newspaper in modern Florida history to form a newsroom union. The move also comes a day after Gatehouse Media, which owns both papers, announced a round of company-wide buyouts to reduce staff again, with...
Posted: August 17, 2016, 10:00 pm

Three Olympics storylines to retire after Rio

World records are broken. Superstars come and go. But cliché Olympics storylines never die. The biennial games momentarily unite countries around friendly international competition—and media organizations around the allure of drawing global audiences. Estimates on the number of journalists descending on Rio de Janeiro this month reached 30,000, and they come in addition to local media worldwide covering thousands of...
Posted: August 17, 2016, 9:25 pm

Gifted and haunted: Remembering David Carr

A year after he died suddenly in the newsroom of The New York Times, David Carr still pops up several times a day on the Google Alert I set for him back in 2005, when he first explained to me what that was. This is not ironic, rather simply true in the way that something you learn from someone keeps...
Posted: August 17, 2016, 4:52 pm

NPR is retiring the comments section on its story pages (because of disuse, not just garbage fires)

Starting next Tuesday, stories on will no longer have comments sections. NPR announced the decision in a blog post on Wednesday, explaining that while its overall web audience has grown over the years, its comments sections have been largely deserted: Just 1 percent of its audience of 25 to 35 million monthly unique visitors...
Posted: August 17, 2016, 4:32 pm

An inside peek at Silicon Valley for media leaders

In recent years, I have conducted media-and-technology study tours in New York, London and Silicon Valley for high-level publishing executives. This year, the sponsor of the tours is allowing me for the first time to invite Newsosaur readers to join an intensive, five-day tour of the leading digital media and technology companies in Silicon Valley.   The Silicon Valley Study Tour, which will
Posted: August 17, 2016, 1:37 pm

An inside peek at Silicon Valley for media leaders

In recent years, I have conducted media-and-technology study tours in New York, London and Silicon Valley for high-level publishing executives. This year, the sponsor of the tours is allowing me for the first time to invite Newsosaur readers to join an intensive, five-day tour of the leading digital media and technology companies in Silicon Valley.   The Silicon Valley Study Tour, which will
Posted: August 17, 2016, 1:30 pm

Univision is buying Gawker Media and all of its sites (yes, including for $135 million

Here’s a sentence few would have expected to read in 2016, if ever: Gawker Media and Fusion are now owned by the same company. Univision has purchased Gawker Media and all of its sites and assets for $135 million, according to a report from Recode, which has since been confirmed by both sides. With the...
Posted: August 16, 2016, 11:34 pm

Designing news products with empathy: How to plan for individual users’ needs and stresses

Many people want to catch up on the news and stay informed, but these aren’t the only reasons people consume news. They also search for news in moments of crisis, times of anxiety and urgent situations. As a digital product designer for news organizations, I’ve often focused on user experience and visuals — and not...
Posted: August 16, 2016, 7:33 pm

Will a new law really make Illinois' FOIA stronger? Journalists there aren't so sure

The law, passed in response to a family’s fight for documents related to their daughter’s death, was touted by politicians as strengthening the state’s FOIA laws. Certainly stiffer penalties would seem to do that by sending the message to public bodies that not complying with FOIA could be costly. And the new law also establishes a presumption that a...
Posted: August 16, 2016, 5:00 pm

Hot Pod: Is Hillary Clinton’s podcast propaganda or a milestone for political podcast advertising?

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue eighty-three, published August 16, 2016. With Her. Well, this is certainly something. Last Friday saw the launch of With Her, the official Hillary Clinton presidential campaign podcast, which both marks a milestone for the industry and, I suppose, is a sign of the times....
Posted: August 16, 2016, 3:17 pm