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  • We Brazilian journalists have to admit that we can do more to contribute to the public debate. Every post published by a newspaper in its social networks triggers comments that are examples of how Brazilian society is divided and, worse, intolerant. The polarization we saw in 2014 is increasing even more as we enter 2018...
  • A restaurant is not a venture-scale business. A factory is not a venture-scale business. A digital news platform, as many have hinted of late, is not a venture-scale business. And that's not a bad thing. In the past several years, we've seen digital news platforms hedge against Facebook and Google by converting niche audiences into...
  • Hey there Blue State folks! Those of us out here in the rest of the country are glad that over the last year you've shown an interest in making our acquaintance. Recently, several prominent media organizations took it a step further, announcing support for local journalists. The Nieman Foundation recently announced the Abrams Nieman Fellowship...
  • If 2017 ushered in a growing awareness and conversation in the Western world about the impact of misinformation, disinformation, and media manipulation, 2018 is the year we start taking memetic misinformation and disinformation seriously. As Nausicaa Renner wrote early in 2017, "The fake news conversation has taken place in the realm of words, but that's...
  • 2018 will be the year where frank talk about race and racism in newsrooms will replace ephemeral promises to diversify. And it must. From the front pages of the country's most prestigious newspapers to the anchor desks of the most influential radio and television stations, journalists of color not only remain less visible than their...
  • In many respects, 2017 was the year of resistance. People fought back. They organized. They marched. They ran for office. We covered it and struggled with how best to facilitate these conversations. In some newsrooms, we opened the door for listening and people stepped forward to tell their stories. As we close out 2017, dozens...
  • The scoop of the last century came from Clare Hollingworth, who reported on the outbreak of World War II. The British reporter died this year, at age 105. She was an inspiration for generations of aspiring female foreign reporters. But almost eighty years after Hollingworth's spectacular exclusive, women reporters posted abroad are still fairly far...
  • What surfaces on the timelines of our social media accounts can make the world seem like a divided place where people only shout from the top of their lungs — whether it is to call out the wrongs of those they disagree with or to cheer on the actions of those with whom they identify....
  • In 2018, digital news companies will get bought and sold, big-name brands will miss their ambitious growth goals, while plenty of newsrooms will keep pirouetting amid more jobs cut. And many news executives, mostly white men, will keep getting hired in big jobs. In much of the journalism we will read about these inevitable changes...
  • We know from research one of the primary reasons people pay for news now is for coverage of a specific topic they care about. In 2018, the reason people pay for news will be less transactional and less about the tangible exchange of goods, but instead based on the ~emotional~ relationship a news organization has...
  • The Internet used to be something you read. In 2018, it will officially be something you watch. Two decades after the web posed an unexpectedly serious challenge to television in the 1990s, we can now comfortably say television has won. It has conquered the internet, the media, and thereby the world. Not just as a...
  • The contemporary newspaper war between The Washington Post and The New York Times began as a traffic war, with the Post topping the Times in 2015 for the first time in history. The next battle may well be for digital subscriptions, but looking to other measures of dominance beyond just bottom-line revenue is also important...
  • Among the predictions published in this series last year, none proved more prescient than Rachel Sklar's "Women are Going to Get Loud." It's as if Rachel got an advance copy of Time's Person of the Year issue — really advance. The #MeToo movement has been an efficient juggernaut, blasting open decades of workplace hostility and...
  • Until recently, going back to 1999, every real paycheck I'd received was thanks to digital content and display advertising. Now, I sell t-shirts. I get that that sounds weird and may be a scary glimpse at your own future, but they're really cool t-shirts. The company is called BreakingT, and each shirt celebrates a trending...
  • In 2018, we'll commit to working hard to earn the trust of our audiences every single day — I hope, anyway. Here's what else I hope: that in doing so, we'll commit to working just as hard to avoid centering a few loud voices at the expense of others. This year, we've frequently seen our...
  • There is a quiet revolution in the making. It's about how people make sense of the news. Barely perceptible amidst the loudness of commentary about bots, trolls, fake news, echo chambers, filter bubbles, confirmation bias, artificial intelligence, and so on is the realization that readers, listeners, viewers, and users are becoming ever more skeptical about...
  • Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 145, published January 2, 2018. Happy New Year everybody! Let's, uh, see where this one goes. Digits to start the year. As always, we begin with the question: is the industry growing, and if so, how? Here are two numbers I'm using to keep...
  • There's never a shortage of fascinating scholarship in the digital news/social media space. This year, we're spotlighting 10 of the most compelling academic articles and reports published in 2017, which delve into meaty topics such as venture-backed startups, artificial intelligence, personal branding, and the spread of disinformation. We conferred with a small group of scholars...
  • When he's evaluating the BBC's ongoing expansion efforts into Asia and Africa, BBC digital development editor Dmitry Shishkin finds himself returning to one question: "Is our content good enough for someone to skip lunch for?" The line emerged after a conversation he learned that people Kenya regularly skip meals in an effort to save money...
  • Instead of watching the upcoming State of the Union address with snide fact-checks from users on Twitter or other social media in the background, viewers will be able to see instantaneous fact-checking appear on their device screen as soon as President Trump utters a claim — or at least that's the dream for Bill Adair's...
  • The question had been raised before: What if Facebook, struggling with the global "fake news" problem, just threw up its Like hands and de-prioritized news altogether? In the dawn of 2018, it doesn't seem as far fetched anymore. Mark Zuckerberg's goal for the new year (joining previous annual goals of visiting all 50 U.S. states,...
  • The Jordan-based podcast network Sowt isn't offering any newfangled technology. But as a platform that both curates and produces its own original, high-quality Arabic-language narrative content, it's already a rarity in the Middle East. "The Arab youth now seems to keep an eye on what's out there in terms of good podcasts in their own...
  • On March 23, 2006, PrimaDaNoi.it, a local news site covering the Abruzzo region of Central Italy, published a story about a couple who had been arrested for attempted extortion. In 2007, the couple was acquitted, and PrimaDaNoi.it updated its story. It updated the story again in 2008, when the couple sued the Italian state for...
  • Can a worldwide network of in-house journalists and publishing partners have a greater impact finding, reporting, and stirring change than they would have working alone? That's the bet Molly Bingham is making with Orb Media. Bingham is a photojournalist and documentary maker with a newspaper background who found herself detained in a Abu Ghraib prison...
  • 2018 could mark a tipping point: The first time that the percentage of Americans who regularly get news online exceeds the percentage who get news from television. Last year, we were almost there. The number of Americans who regularly get news from television fell again between 2016 and 2017, Pew noted Friday, from 57 percent...
  • Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 146, published January 9, 2018. Just a heads up: I'm told that the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) will indeed be publishing a 2018 update to its podcast advertising study, which means we'll be able to get at least one contiguous read of the industry's...
  • SINGAPORE — Even virtual monopolies get the blues. Singapore Press Holdings — publisher of its flagship Straits Times — is confronting the worldwide downturn in newspaper business fortunes. The large daily (383,000 daily circulation, print and digital) and its well-regarded parent SPH saw some tough numbers last year: down 16.9 percent in ad revenue, 13...
  • For The New Yorker, newsletters have become so vital to its digital strategy that the magazine decided that it needed someone to run them exclusively. Dan Oshinsky, formerly director of newsletters at BuzzFeed, joined the magazine last August with a simple, albeit vital mandate: to centralize its newsletter operation, launch new newsletters, and help the...
  • On the heels of billions of yuan of investment burrowed into China's artificial intelligence scene, China's state news agency has announced that it is rebuilding its newsroom to emphasize human-machine collaboration. There are already elements of this in quite a few newsrooms but this is the first announcement (I've seen) of a large news org...
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