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Thinking about a nonprofit student newsroom? These student journalists found legal and financial barriers at every turn

Sarah Baum had two ideas in her pitch to the Poynter College Media Project. One, to examine K-12 educational disparities near her campus at Hofstra, and two, to get Poynter’s […]

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Posted: December 23, 2021, 11:30 am

WriteLane podcast offers some great journalism fare for the holidays

If you’re hungry for inspiration, or inspiring stories over the holidays, we recategorized the WriteLane podcast under topics like “ideas” and “editing,” so it’s easier to find advice you might […]

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Posted: December 23, 2021, 11:30 am

To tell stronger stories, use objective copy and subjective sound

This is one of 10 essays I offer as we close 2021 that I hope will help broadcast journalists tell stronger stories in the year ahead.  Almost always, almost always, […]

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Posted: December 23, 2021, 10:30 am

Edible cicadas, essential workers and other local news stories from 2021

I spent most of 2020 recording layoffs and closures. I did that in 2021, too, but there was a little more space to identify some of what local newsrooms and […]

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Posted: December 22, 2021, 12:00 pm

Struggling to write? Write like a Beatle

For all reporters who have ever wrestled with being as good a writer as they feel they should be, the Beatles “Get Back” documentary could be one of the most […]

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Posted: December 22, 2021, 11:30 am

A law would have allowed guns on campus at the University of Montana. These student journalists explored what could happen next  

As student editors explained it to me, the state of Montana — until 2021 — had generally escaped the most contentious of gun debates. Montana’s frontier background, they explained, meant […]

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Posted: December 22, 2021, 11:30 am

These 6 tips will help you spot misinformation online

I’ll never forget the moment the mob breached the walls of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. As a senior multimedia reporter with MediaWise, I was tracking misinformation about the […]

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Posted: December 22, 2021, 11:00 am

To tell stronger stories, limit subjective adjectives

This is one of 10 essays I offer as we close 2021 that I hope will help broadcast journalists tell stronger stories in the year ahead.   Mark Twain offered some […]

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Posted: December 22, 2021, 10:30 am

It’s time for the global North to look South

It’s not hard to imagine some of the headlines that will be stamped across homepages in 2022. While world leaders still find it hard to come to an agreement on how to curb greenhouse gas emissions, California fires will be blazing, the Amazon will face deforestation, populations will be forced from their lands because of...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 8:56 pm

Turning technology into an accelerant for truth

Earlier this month, Maria Ressa shared something with me that I’ve been thinking about ever since. Maria — the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize alongside Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov — was talking with me on The Frontline Dispatch podcast about how this was the first time since 1935 that a journalist has won...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 8:55 pm

Inverting the talent pipeline

Opportunities for young journalists aren’t created equal, and U.S. media internships are fraught with inequity. Internships have multiple barriers to entry. “Prestige” newsrooms usually require previous internship experience. That doesn’t necessarily account for comparable experience gained from student media, or even self-published work with an engaged audience. Students often produce their work with few resources...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 8:55 pm

Newsrooms, social scientists, public health professionals, and librarians unite

Working outside of newsrooms for the past three years — alongside social scientists, public health professionals, and library professionals — has been instrumental in the ways I think about the future of news. There are many ways that these groups can work together to help little-d democracy in 2022, and I hope they do. Here...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 8:53 pm

The great transition

Do you enjoy a juicy diagram to situate yourself in a complex context? If yes, you’re in luck. The brilliant writers and systems thinkers Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze have generated the “Two Loops” model, which describes how complex organizations and all living systems follow a predictable, albeit non-linear, pattern of change. I keep coming...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 8:53 pm

What the next generation of journalists thinks

This past semester, I taught my JOUR 323: Journalism and The Audience class at USC Annenberg. The user-focused course is mostly seniors with a few juniors, all of whom strategically launch a semester-long product to serve a particular audience or demographic. As part of the class, we read and discussed one of last year’s Nieman...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 8:53 pm

Collective impact models will strengthen and redefine local news

Collective impact is a framework used to solve — or attempt to address — large-scale, entrenched and systemic societal problems. It brings together a broad range of stakeholders who work together, intentionally, to create change. This framework gained attention in 2011 when the Stanford Social Innovation Review published an article about it by John Kania...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 8:52 pm

The news industry will stop saying overdue UX fixes are too hard

Perhaps you’ve had this experience — no, actually, anyone who’s ever clicked on a social link to a paywalled news site has. You click onto a site that you actually subscribe to, and creak, creak, paywall…password…sigh. You don’t remember your password — or you’re on your phone and it’s not saved properly there. Either way,...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 8:52 pm

The hedge funds don’t have to win every time

Sadly, we’ll see more media consolidation in 2022, with more newspapers falling into hedge-fund hands. But I’m also sure we will see more digital startups popping up to offer alternatives in town after town. My view is that it’s not smart to bet against the hedge funds, but they don’t have to win every time....
Posted: December 21, 2021, 8:52 pm

Audience engagement ≠ community engagement

Journalists have conflated audience engagement and community engagement for way too long — and in 2022, we’ll finally start treating them as distinct, complementary newsroom functions. The first is focused on building habit, loyalty, and audience revenue. The second is about understanding voids in the local ecosystem and positioning the newsroom to help fill those....
Posted: December 21, 2021, 8:50 pm

Best-read stories of 2021: Trump on the way out and the Capitol invasion top the list

Chartbeat’s seventh annual list of the best-read digital stories of the year (as measured by engaged minutes among its clients) was released Tuesday. The winner: a Washington Post scoop as […]

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Posted: December 21, 2021, 8:14 pm

Both sides when there’s only one

In his 2021 Nieman Lab prediction, C.W. Anderson detailed the dramatic shifts journalists made in response to the increasingly authoritarian President Trump. He asked: “…will it keep changing under Biden?” Sadly, it appears the answer is no. More than a dozen other predictions in this collection sound various alarm bells around the news media and...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 7:43 pm

Data’s not enough: It’s time to meet with your community

In last year’s prediction, I wrote that the main lesson we could learn from the resurgence of journalism during the pandemic is that people need journalism as long as it proves relevant to their everyday lives. That is precisely why we should ask our audience what they need from us. Let’s be honest: We all...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 7:43 pm

We remember the importance of face-to-face reporting

What new digital disruption does 2022 have in store for journalists? This year is actually gearing up to have more of a vintage flavor. With the Covid crisis still fresh, the spotlight is turning back to the good old low-tech art of on-the-ground reporting, Almost two years after a global health crisis forced newsrooms to...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 7:43 pm

Journalism goes Web3

In 2022 journalism will “pivot” to Web3. Since the rise of digital media, we’ve seen news organizations realign priorities and resources towards potential new revenue streams, such as mobile, social, and video, with mixed results. This year we’ll see many ramp up their Web3 efforts. It makes sense. After all, Web3 offers new ways of...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 7:43 pm

Audience development roles broaden further

Over the past decade, “audience development” has gone from a little-known marketing term to a familiar newsroom role. Now, audience development experts, audience engagement managers, and growth editors tasked with getting stories in front of more readers. Once upon a time, the skills needed were an understanding of SEO and the social levers. Later, the...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 7:43 pm

When care becomes a core tenet of journalism

“You have a lot of tension in all your muscles,” my masseuse said as she poked and prodded my back. A friend had recommended a deep tissue massage, and unlike my usual shiatsu, a deep tissue massage gets in there (as the name implies) as the practitioner works underneath the muscles and bones to work...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 6:19 pm

Limiting limitless news

For years, we’ve been serving up a bottomless cup of news. We believe it slakes the addiction our audiences have for news. And it energizes our business models. But there are growing signs people’s tastes may be changing. Back in my day (yes, I’m finally old enough to say crap like that!) the newspaper was...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 6:19 pm

Audio docs embrace “muxture”

Today’s audio documentaries are allergic to rhythm and obsessed with a hero’s narrative. Listeners will crave the diversity in styles they receive in other mediums — and demand that in their audio stories. Looking for a shortcut to make your audio documentaries more dynamic and less linear? Embrace muxture [muhks-chr], a portmanteau of MUX — the...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 6:19 pm

Being honest about how journalists are different from their communities

Who we are as people affects how we do journalism. Our values, our lived experiences, our personal ethics, our surroundings, our friends…all of it influences what we’re curious about and what we find interesting. And collectively, that determines what we cover. It’s also pretty undeniable that, collectively, journalists have a lot more in common with...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 6:19 pm

Publishing goes direct as news goes conversational

At this time of year in the U.K., families around the country are pulling Christmas crackers, invariably containing a bad joke and a trivia question of varying degrees of difficulty alongside a paper crown and a plastic yo-yo. This holiday season, here’s my Christmas cracker journalism trivia question for you all: Q: What do Finland,...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 6:19 pm

Media stays Covid-escapist, but grief creeps in

Climate change coverage will evolve in unintended ways. News outlets may not have dedicated climate desks, but existing teams will have to cover news on their beat that is caused by global warming. Breaking news desks will cover more and more disasters, business desks will report on energy costs and supply chain breakdowns, and local...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 6:19 pm

It’s time to take podcast audience development seriously

If you need a reminder that we’re in the “pivot to podcast” era, then here’s a fun fact: In a year, the number of podcasts available on Spotify tripled — from 700,000 in 2019 to 2.2 million by the end of 2020. Broken down even further, that means more than 48 million individual podcast episodes (ranging...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 6:19 pm

Despite officials’ unwillingness to talk, students at The U got to the bottom of facial recognition technology on campus

Something odd happened at the University of Miami last year after a small, peaceful protest on campus. Broadcast student Jessie Lauck got a message in her inbox from the dean […]

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Posted: December 21, 2021, 11:30 am

Accessibility in journalism is urgent

Chicas Poderosas hopes for a more representative, inclusive journalism that is finally able to celebrate diversities as a power. In 2021, this hope was embraced at the speech level, and, in a way, “diversity” became a term present in many areas beyond journalism. We saw all sectors of society having to revise themselves, although we...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 6:50 am

Doubling down on Brazilian journalism’s strengths to stand up for democracy

Threatened, exhausted, and working in a precarious labor environment. That is how Brazilian journalists walk into 2022. The pandemic seems to be on its way out. Although the world has grown heavy with the weight of the last two years — which sometimes feel like one and the same, atypical as they were — there’s...
Posted: December 21, 2021, 5:48 am

Can journalism survive in a post-news world?

The world of information has witnessed transformational changes in the past two decades, both in terms of the pace of exchange and quantum. Although access to information has been gradually increasing throughout our collective history, the sheer magnitude of change over the past decade alone dwarfs anything witnessed before. Just between 2010 to 2019, the...
Posted: December 20, 2021, 7:56 pm

Drawing lines between corporate and local news

We’re getting better at explaining just how catastrophic the corporate takeover of newspapers in America has been. Media insiders have understood for decades that newspapers weren’t dying — they were being murdered. Now we’re finally saying it out loud, and in ways that make sense to the general public. It’s a significant improvement from sounding...
Posted: December 20, 2021, 7:56 pm

Information wants to be free, but digital property won’t be

In 1997, an astute prediction would have been that, in five or ten years, every barber, florist, and creative designer would have their own website. “This HTTP thing could have legs to it!” Today, there’s a betting chance the same can be said of crypto wallets and tokens. When the web started, journalists lamented the...
Posted: December 20, 2021, 7:55 pm

You’ll be able to buy a newspaper day pass

Let’s see if this sounds familiar. You’re scrolling Twitter and you see a link to a story that sounds interesting. You click it, head to the newspaper’s website, and are greeted with an interstitial ad. “This story is for subscribers only!” Or the dreaded “You’ve reached your limit of free articles” — even though this...
Posted: December 20, 2021, 7:45 pm

Building operational resilience into newsrooms

A pandemic, an insurrection, ongoing social and racial injustice, and the ever urgent threat of climate change has revealed the fragility of the culture, systems, and processes of our newsrooms. In 2022, as we enter a third year of overlapping crises, news organizations will need to focus on operational resilience. As someone who loves frameworks,...
Posted: December 20, 2021, 6:16 pm

OK, boomer: Time to think of your Plan B

“When are you boomers finally going to go and get out of our way?” “I’m never leaving. You’ll have to carry me out of here, feet first!” This conversation actually happened. It was, frankly, quite a bit saltier than this paraphrasing. A joke among colleagues, but with real emotion behind it. It’s one of the...
Posted: December 20, 2021, 6:16 pm

Best Wet Grinders for Indian Cooking in 2020

Back in the day, it took a lot more time and effort to prepare dough for a regular home meal. Once the dough is mixed and stirred, it had to sit for hours in order to become ready. Today, however, with the modern touch of technology, home cooks use a very handy little machine called […]

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Posted: July 14, 2020, 12:50 pm

Top Electric Potato Peelers in 2020

No matter whether you cook food for your family or are a professional chef, efficiency is crucial while working in the kitchen.  All you look forward to while cooking is to make delicious dishes effortlessly. Many find the task of peeling potatoes time-consuming. But when you have an electric potato peeler, you can have them […]

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Posted: July 14, 2020, 12:23 pm

Tronc Eviscerates New York Daily News With 50% Staff Cut

The cure for the newspaper  industry’s ills was once thought to be a “hyper-local” focus, but that’s not proving to be the salve for New York City, which is suffering an unprecedented decline in local news coverage. The latest casualty is the New York  Daily News, which on Monday said it would cut its newsroom staff […]
Posted: July 24, 2018, 11:54 pm

Crowdsourcing History With Global Newspaper Archive Search

The United States Holocaust Museum is conducting an interesting exercise in crowdsourced research using newspaper archives from the 1930s and 40s. Called “History Unfolded,”, the project asks students, teachers and anyone else who’s interested to look in local newspapers for accounts of 34 different Holocaust-era events that took place in the U. S. and Europe, […]
Posted: May 24, 2018, 2:20 pm

Google Pledges $300 Million to Support Quality Journalism

With the media world buzzing about the fake news engine that is Cambridge Analytica, news about a new Google initiative to support quality journalism might easily be overlooked. The multi-faceted investment covers everything from website analytics tuned to the needs of publishers to machine learning tools that identify potential subscribers. Of particular note is Subscribe with […]
Posted: March 21, 2018, 5:29 pm

Why Facebook Was So Easily Gamed

“Research has shown that the downside of powerful, centralized networks is their susceptibility to being subverted and exploited,” writes The Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Mims in a fascinating analysis of why social networks, which were supposed to challenge hierarchy, have reinforced it instead. Delving into network theory, Mims explains why networks that start out with […]
Posted: February 20, 2018, 4:13 pm

#FakeNews: Facebook Isn't a Media Company

Despite a Pew Research study‘s finding last year that two-thirds of Facebook users rely on the site for news, the COO of the world’s largest social network insists that Facebook isn’t a media company. “At our heart we’re a tech company… we don’t hire journalists,” Sheryl Sandberg told Axios. Although Sandberg admitted that her company […]
Posted: October 19, 2017, 4:21 pm

Bad News on the Doorstep

After a spate of closures and layoffs in the latter part of the last decade, the newspaper industry appeared to find its footing over the past few years. But now that oasis of stability may be drying up. Hard times are hitting some of the most resilient titles, and the trend indicates that things are […]
Posted: November 4, 2016, 12:21 am

R.I.P. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

We’re going to call a time-of-death on the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, despite the fact that the newspaper says it’ll live on with a website. Everyone says that these days. The more important news is that the 24-year-old daily will shutter its print edition and lay off 106 staff members. It will maintain an online-only edition, but most […]
Posted: September 29, 2016, 12:59 am

Startup Says It's Figured Out a Way to Make Micropayments Work

The idea of convincing readers to pay a few pennies to read a single article has been largely scoffed at over the years, but Blendle may have cracked the code, at least a little bit. Launched two years ago in Europe, Blendle says it just surpassed the one-million-member mark. It’s getting hundreds of thousands of monthly visitors […]
Posted: August 12, 2016, 1:34 pm