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You can now tell Google that Obama was not the 8th Black U.S. president

Late last year, Google tweaked its search algorithm to fix a pesky problem: Users who asked the search engine whether the Holocaust occurred were served a post from the White supremacist site Stormfront denying its existence as a top result. Similar problems occasionally arise with Google's featured "snippets," the prominently displayed boxes that highlight highly-cited […]
Posted: April 25, 2017, 2:00 pm

Local Edition: Journalists need to unlearn ‘we are the authority.’ ‘We are not.’

This piece originally appeared in Local Edition, our newsletter following the digital transformation of local news. Want to be part of the conversation? You can sign up here. What do you need to unlearn to stay in journalism? This week, two journalists named almost exactly the same thing. That’s not rare, but it struck me as interesting […]
Posted: April 25, 2017, 1:56 pm

Report: New censorship tactics combine the worst old practices and the newest technology

Old-school censorship and repressive government tactics have combined with technology and social media to create a new and troubling press freedom climate for journalists around the world, according to a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists. That combination has resulted in more killings and arrests of journalists than CPJ has ever documented, according […]
Posted: April 25, 2017, 1:04 pm

Can a future-of-work newsroom thrive inside a jobs site? Ladders is about to find out

To hear Ryan Sager tell it, classified ads aren't dead. They just need a little reimagination. "What you've got here is a great 19th century newspaper model with classified ads, just with no news hole," said Sager, a longtime journalist with stints at Time, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post. "And we're […]
Posted: April 25, 2017, 12:50 pm

This is a news publication all about the working life — but it’s housed within a job search company

As news publishers search for sustainability, some companies with established business models are in search of publications to call their own. Anheuser-Busch has one around beer. Two popular shaving product companies each run one. Airbnb had Pineapple magazine, but published one issue in 2014. Now, 14-year-old online job search platform and service Ladders has hired...
Posted: April 25, 2017, 12:07 pm

Rupert Murdoch’s biggest worry? Money, not politics

Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. FreTo understand the ethical and moral morass facing the Murdoch empire, skip Fox News Channel and take a walk to your local supermarket or pharmacy. Be it the […]
Posted: April 25, 2017, 11:29 am

11 images that show how the Trump administration is failing at photography

How much does visual imagery, especially photography, determine the success or failure of a presidency? In the first 100 days, the Trump White House has distinguished itself with largely forgettable imagery, in contrast to the Obama administration’s brilliant orchestration, creation, and curation. The approach to photography under Trump has ranged from haphazard to negligent. In […]
Posted: April 25, 2017, 10:55 am

With its new redesign, HuffPost wants to become a working-class digital tabloid (and make its splashy headlines go viral)

The Huffington Post shed its old look and several syllables this morning as it unveiled a new redesign and changed its name to HuffPost. It's the first total overhaul in the website's nearly 12-year history and marks a refocusing of HuffPost's editorial vision under its new-ish Editor-in-Chief, Lydia Polgreen. "We’re doubling down on our bold, […]
Posted: April 25, 2017, 9:14 am

Newsonomics: Lydia Polgreen’s ambitious HuffPost remake aims for “solidarity” among readers

Make no mistake: Lydia Polgreen understands she has her work cut out for her. Named The Huffington Post’s editor-in-chief in December, Polgreen brings to the job an enviable reputation as a journalist, as a colleague, and as someone who cares passionately about the issues of our time. At 41, she left a 15-year career at...
Posted: April 25, 2017, 4:01 am

In a redesign, The Huffington Post (now just HuffPost) doubles down on its “equalizing tabloid” roots

The Huffington Post has pulled no punches with its tabloid-inspired homepage splashes. “BILLY ON THE STREET,” its Bill O’Reilly story announced. “HE WENT TO JARED,” another proclaimed (Jared Kushner, that is). Here’s another, on Rep. Devin Nunes: This @HuffingtonPost splash was made for me. — Hillary Frey (@hilella) March 29, 2017 The Huffington Post...
Posted: April 25, 2017, 4:01 am

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune, a large-scale attempt to combat fake news

Good things can happen when a crowd goes to work on trying to figure out a problem in journalism. At the same time, completely crowdsourced news investigations can go bad without oversight — as when, for example, a group of Redditors falsely accused someone of being the Boston Marathon bomber. An entirely crowdsourced investigation with...
Posted: April 24, 2017, 11:01 pm

What’s holding back virtual reality news? Slow tech adoption, monetization, and yes, dull content

For news organizations, the promise of VR has been marred by a handful of challenges that have so far made it difficult to justify wholesale investment in the technology. That’s clear from a new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism that takes an in-depth look at the state of VR news...
Posted: April 24, 2017, 11:00 pm

VR holds promise for journalists, but newsroom adoption has remained sluggish

Newsrooms around the world are experimenting with virtual reality more and more, but mass adoption of the medium has been slowed by the lack of quality content and an industry-wide inability to make money from it. That's the gist of a new report, released this evening by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, […]
Posted: April 24, 2017, 10:59 pm

The New York Times brings its (even briefer) morning briefings to Snapchat Discover

The New York Times, which started publishing on Snapchat Discover on Monday after a couple of years of sending out updates through the regular app, sees a couple of audiences for the new product. One is Snapchat’s native audience. The other is the olds who, like me, might have spent several minutes Monday morning trying...
Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:57 pm

Gender-driven journalism chronicles rise and fall of Thinx founder Miki Agrawal

Miki Agrawal has been a media magnet from the moment her trendy startup started making money. The CEO and founder of Thinx, which specializes in period-proof underwear, has romanced journalists with the story of her rise to fame over the past two years. Yet the self-proclaimed feminist CEO seems to have blinded reporters to the […]
Posted: April 24, 2017, 5:03 pm

How a team of outsiders at The New York Times got The Daily to 20 million downloads and streams

It was kind of an accident. When Lisa Tobin arrived at The New York Times nearly seven months ago, she had a broad mission: Figure out what the newspaper was supposed to sound like. "I expected that we would come in and spend several months figuring that out and then starting to finalize strategy and […]
Posted: April 24, 2017, 4:08 pm

Local public radio: America’s last public square

A few weeks ago, wildfires ravaged through the Gardiner family’s Kansas ranch and killed a third of the cattle—more than 500 cows. Garth, a fourth-generation farmer and Trump voter, wondered why the president he’d supported hadn’t offered any assistance or even acknowledged the natural disaster devastating his community. A woman in Seattle heard his story […]
Posted: April 24, 2017, 2:57 pm

Fact-checking booms in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — The news of Maria Eduarda Alves da Conceição’s death dominated headlines in this city that has become painfully familiar with extreme levels of violence. The 13-year old was killed in a schoolyard last month when a gunfight erupted outside between the police and gang members. As authorities scrambled to investigate who […]
Posted: April 24, 2017, 2:41 pm

Why The Daily Beast doesn’t publish Trump stories on Sunday mornings

The presidency of Donald Trump is the most important story in the world, said Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon. But it's not the only story. That's why, for the last few weeks, The Daily Beast has decided not to publish Trump-related news on Sunday mornings, opting instead to run longer, in-depth stories that give its […]
Posted: April 24, 2017, 1:26 pm

With Open Notebook, Hearken wants to help news orgs do more of their reporting in public

David Fahrenthold never did find much evidence of Donald Trump’s charitable efforts, but he got a Pulitzer Prize for his trouble. Fahrenthold’s reporting, which he tracked via pen and paper and which relied on input from readers, “created a model for transparent journalism in political campaign coverage while casting doubt on Donald Trump’s assertions of...
Posted: April 24, 2017, 1:00 pm

Jeff Israely: What comes next in the Uberization of the news business?

Both Uber the company and Uber the concept are juicy subjects for those of us in the business of assigning and writing articles. The company changing the ways of commerce and transport seems to keep winding up in street clashes and courtrooms. Meanwhile, founder and CEO Travis Kalanick has become the perfect Silicon Valley villain,...
Posted: April 24, 2017, 12:45 pm

Is forwards grammatical, or is it backward?

Is it “toward” or “towards”? “Backward” or “backwards”? “Afterward” or “afterwards”? Yes. Some of you may remember the commercials for 1-800-Mattress. “Leave off the last ‘s’— for savings,” its tagline went. Well, you can leave off the last “s” for saving face in “toward,” “backward,” and “afterward,” at least in American English. Conversationally, it doesn’t […]
Posted: April 24, 2017, 10:55 am

Letters from our readers: Covering Trump, WSJ, Amal Clooney, and the Oxford comma

Here is a selection of emails and Facebook comments we’ve received since March 1. Please send correspondence to, along with your name, address, and any relevant affiliation. “White House reporting through the Gateway Pundit looking glass” I was dismayed by the overall tone of the piece by David Uberti on the panel I participated […]
Posted: April 21, 2017, 7:03 pm

After ‘crisis of conscience,’ ex-Cigna exec hopes to set the record straight on health care

THIS SUMMER, A NEWS SITE CALLED TARBELL will make its debut and join a growing number of health-journalism startups. Named for the famous early 20th century muckraker Ida Tarbell, whose landmark expose of Standard Oil led to the breakup of the company, will strive to produce similarly consequential investigative journalism, and pledges to “uncover how […]
Posted: April 21, 2017, 5:25 pm

Stat is publishing a print section in Sunday’s Boston Globe — and it might be coming to a paper near you

Last month, Stat, the health and life science news site, published a story about insect detectives: entomologists who encounter people who falsely believe that their homes or bodies are infested by bugs. The story received a fair amount of attention when it was originally published online, but this Sunday a whole new audience will be...
Posted: April 21, 2017, 2:56 pm

Journalists and screenwriters team up for a new TV series inspired by El Chapo

In September 2013, Univision investigative journalist Gerardo Reyes turned down an interview with a source he had been chasing for years. The notorious Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín Guzmán Loera, widely known as “El Chapo,” had agreed to an interview with Reyes—with the caveat that he wanted approval on the final product. Reyes declined. “We don’t […]
Posted: April 21, 2017, 2:25 pm

A new database of fake news sites details how much fakery has spread from Trump v. Clinton to local news

“The reasons aren’t always apparent.” PolitiFact, one of Facebook’s partners in its hoax-combatting program, published a list of 156 “websites where we’ve found deliberately false or fake stories” since beginning the Facebook partnership. The sites are divided into four categories: “Parody or joke sites,” which contain some disclaimer somewhere that they are meant to be...
Posted: April 21, 2017, 2:17 pm

Nieman Lab is looking for more stories of digital innovation outside the U.S., and we’d love your help

Last year, 44 percent of Nieman Lab’s web traffic came from outside the United States. More than half of our Twitter followers and 70 percent of those who like our Facebook page are based outside of the U.S. We do our best to cover journalism innovation around the world, but from our lovely office in...
Posted: April 21, 2017, 2:16 pm

Price of ‘independent’: Can this weekly paper stay critical of its new owner?

THE MISSOULA INDEPENDENT, the decades-old western Montana alt-weekly, was acquired last week by Lee Enterprises, the state’s largest newspaper chain. Around the time Indy staffers were filling out their new W4 forms, The Missoulian—the city’s daily paper, a Lee publication whose offices are just blocks from the Indy headquarters—published an online story about the deal. […]
Posted: April 21, 2017, 10:55 am

A Facebook bot purge clobbered USA Today, and no one knows why

USA Today last week reported that Facebook was breaking up an “extensive fake account scam” targeting publisher pages with false “likes.” The ruse apparently was intended to yield the scammers more friends they could later spam, and USA Today added that it was “among the publishers impacted.” Not included in its report was the fact […]
Posted: April 20, 2017, 4:23 pm

Google, the advertising company, could bring native adblocking to Chrome

Google is taking a counterintuitive approach to countering adblocking: building an adblocking feature of its own. The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday night that Google is considering bringing an adblocking feature to the desktop and mobile versions of its Chrome web browser. The feature, which could be turned on by default, would block ads...
Posted: April 20, 2017, 3:50 pm

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

(left) — Pat Kiernan (@patkiernan) April 18, 2017       View post on Bad headline: — Andrew Ozaki KETV (@ketvlincoln) April 6, 2017 Have a headline you want to share? Snap a photo and email it to or tweet it to us @CJR. Want to see more regrettable headlines? Check out the Lower […]
Posted: April 20, 2017, 3:37 pm

The Financial Times started a mergers and acquisitions newsletter for its highest-paying subscribers

After a short trip to China where he met with business and government leaders, Financial Times editor Lionel Barber was faced with a conundrum that many journalists know well. Barber co-wrote a number of stories for the FT based on the interviews he conducted, but he still had interesting material pertaining to mergers and acquisitions...
Posted: April 20, 2017, 2:57 pm

How the Argentinian daily La Nación became a data journalism powerhouse in Latin America

In 2010, political reporter Diego Cabot of Argentina’s La Nación received a leak with massive potential: a CD with 26,000 emails from the minister of transportation under then-President Cristina Kirchner. For two weeks, four La Nación journalists pored over thousands of documents by hand. But then the paper’s then-IT manager Ricardo Brom built a search...
Posted: April 20, 2017, 1:00 pm

NPR is bringing back ’90s hip-hop DJs Stretch and Bobbito

In the 1990s, DJs Stretch Armstrong (Adrian Bartos) and Bobbito (Robert) Garcia introduced listeners to future stars like Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Eminem, and Nas on their show on Columbia University’s WKCR. “At that point in time, your show was the most important show in the world,” Nas said in a 2015 Kickstarter campaign that Stretch...
Posted: April 19, 2017, 6:22 pm

The Los Angeles Times built a Slack bot that lets the newsroom know when the coffee is ready

Of the many small, annoying things about working in an office, coffee is usually somewhere on the list. Whose turn is it to make it? Who is drinking more than their share of the communal pot? Is that half-full carafe still warm? So some folks at the Los Angeles Times built a Slack bot for...
Posted: April 19, 2017, 1:57 pm

This handy little tool draws from Bloomberg data to add financial context on top of any news article

The United Airlines debacle earlier this month began with Chicago Aviation Police forcibly dragging a 69-year-old passenger from a flight and continued through a week of facepalm-worthy PR moves and unified public outrage. When United CEO Oscar Munoz finally issued an apology, people seized on the company’s plummeting stock: .@united stock is getting a bit...
Posted: April 19, 2017, 1:00 pm

A Boston Globe memo puts the spotlight on an emerging consensus on how to transform metro papers

The Boston Globe on Monday published a memo from editor Brian McGrory outlining the latest steps the paper is taking to restructure its newsroom as it adjusts to the evolving journalistic landscape. The Globe plan focuses on publishing stories earlier in the day, restructuring beats, creating new audience engagement and express desks, and thinking of...
Posted: April 18, 2017, 4:52 pm

Newsonomics: Crimetown shows the podcast potential for local media partnership

Buddy Cianci once sold newspapers. Now he sells podcasts. That link — surfaced gloriously in Gimlet Media’s Crimetown podcast — tells us lots about the rollicking pace of change in newsy digital media. And Crimetown seems like a prototype of a new phenomenon too young to name. Listen for just a few minutes, beyond Crimetown’s...
Posted: April 18, 2017, 4:32 pm

“If a Serial episode was a mountain peak, S-Town was the Himalayas”

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 116, published April 18, 2017. Midroll formalizes the Stitcher editorial brand. When I wrote up the return of First Day Back for last week’s newsletter, I was mostly thinking out loud when discussing its label as a Stitcher show and how that might’ve hinted...
Posted: April 18, 2017, 3:17 pm

Elite Daily lost a ton of money, but Bustle just bought it from the Daily Mail anyway

Elite Daily has done pretty well for a publication that doesn’t do very well. The Daily Mail’s parent company, DMGT, acquired it for at least $26 million in January 2015, then announced at the end of last year that it was writing down that investment because of Elite Daily’s “disappointing” performance. Nonetheless, Bustle, another site...
Posted: April 17, 2017, 6:49 pm

The French magazine L’Obs is using Facebook Messenger to follow undecided voters

Over the past few weeks leading up to the first votes in the French presidential election on April 23, Léa, an unemployed 25-year-old from Dordogne, a region in southwest France, has changed her mind about who she plans to vote for at least three times. First she planned on casting her ballot for centrist candidate...
Posted: April 17, 2017, 2:53 pm

This news app starts with the premise that news discovery has become too personalized

The news and information we consume is becoming increasingly tailored to our interests and habits. Our Facebook feeds are algorithmically controlled, and publishers such as The New York Times — which is reportedly planning a personalized homepage — are also attempting to mold their content to readers’ preferences. A new app, however, is trying to...
Posted: April 17, 2017, 2:30 pm

The FCC spectrum auction is sending $10 billion to broadcasters. Where will that money go?

Here are some numbers of a magnitude rarely seen in news media. $19.8 billion — that’s how much revenue resulted from participating broadcasters selling parts of their broadcast spectrum to wireless carriers hoping to expand their nationwide reach, as part of the Federal Communications Commission’s first-ever spectrum auction, which has just closed. $10.05 billion — that’s...
Posted: April 14, 2017, 5:01 pm

Fake News Ale is the beer all the cool journalists are gonna be drinking this summer

What if social media isn’t actually the problem? “The growth in polarization in recent years is largest for the demographic groups least likely to use the internet and social media.” That’s the main finding of a working paper published last month by researchers from Brown and Stanford for the National Bureau of Economic Research and...
Posted: April 14, 2017, 11:02 am

The Times of London says focus on editions has driven digital growth

Minutes after the attack in central London last month, news organizations all around the world rolled out their breaking news coverage, booting up live blogs and tweeting out the latest developments. The Times of London, like other outlets, posted a story within 10 to 15 minutes of the 2:40 p.m. attack, but it mostly stayed...
Posted: April 14, 2017, 10:49 am

Fake news is affecting people’s trust in the news they read on Facebook

A lot of people get their news on Facebook — but a lot of people don’t believe the news they read on Facebook. That’s according to a new survey from BuzzFeed and Ipsos Public Affairs, who quizzed 3,000 American adults on their views about Facebook and the news. The results were not pretty. Over half of those who took...
Posted: April 13, 2017, 6:51 pm

News and media literacy the way it’s always been taught may not be the right response to fake news woes

Fake news and news literacy and community engagement sometimes feel like new topics — and especially urgent ones, given nightmare-come-to-life incidents like Pizzagate. But many people, including plenty in academia, have been plugging away at this line of work since well before Facebook had a fake news PR situation on its hands, before Pizzagate, before...
Posted: April 13, 2017, 3:15 pm

Edukacja medialna, której wytycznymi posługiwaliśmy sie do tej pory, może nie być właściwą odpowiedzią na zagrożenia „fake news”

Fałszywe newsy, umiejętność rozpoznania prawdziwych wiadomości i zaangażowanie w życie społeczeństwa wydają się tematami świeżymi – i o szczególnej wadze, biorąc pod uwagę niedawne koszmary pokroju Pizzagate. Jednak grono osób, w tym wielu naukowców, zajmowało się tym zagadnieniem na długo nim fałszywe newsy opanowały Facebooka, zanim stworzono teorię Pizzagate, przed wyborami prezydenckimi 2016 roku a...
Posted: April 13, 2017, 3:14 pm

With new editor Joe Brown, Popular Science is using a “Trojan horse” strategy to take on science skeptics

In today’s political climate, “Popular Science” sounds a little like an oxymoron. Some people’ denials of climate change, evolution, and the efficacy of vaccines — issues that scientific research has repeatedly affirmed — have helped make science itself into a partisan issue, and scientists themselves into another interest group among many. It’s a tough time...
Posted: April 13, 2017, 2:25 pm