Storybench→ Sky-high expectations for The New York Times, but Empire State data visualization falls short

2021-10-21 In light of the gradual reopening of New York City following the COVID-19 pandemic, a team of journalists and data analysts from The New York Times attempted to summarize the impact of the pandemic in an interactive story titled “Why the Empire …›

Nieman Lab→ How Finland’s Helsingin Sanomat has built digital success through “diamonds” in the rough

2021-10-21 This year’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism’s 2021 Digital News Report revealed an interesting tidbit about Finland. Twenty percent of Finland’s 5.6 million people subscribes to a news publication. Of that 20 percent, …›

Nieman Lab→ Vox Media has built a visual way to experience podcasts. It’s accessible to deaf audiences — and gorgeous.

2021-10-21 You listen to a podcast. That’s the only option, right? For their new show More Than This, Vox Media set out to create a podcast that could also be seen and felt. The result was an “immersive transcript” that’s accessible to dea …›

MediaWell→ Impartiality is still key for news audiences. Here’s how to rethink it for the digital age | Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

2021-10-21 Most people agree that news organisations and journalists should reflect all sides of an issue and not push a particular agenda – at least when asked about it in surveys. Our 2021 Digital News Report finds this to be true across countries and age gr …›

What We’re Reading – Nieman Lab→ “This has destroyed my family”: How Spanish-language radio helped radicalize a generation of Miami abuelos

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MediaWell→ For scores of years, newspapers printed hate, leading to racist terror lynchings and massacres of Black Americans | The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism

2021-10-21 For decades, hundreds of white-owned newspapers across the country incited the racist terror lynchings and massacres of thousands of Black Americans. In their headlines, these newspapers often promoted the brutality of white lynch mobs and chronicled …›

Columbia Journalism Review→ The most important climate summit in history is a local news story, too

2021-10-21 A longstanding challenge for climate coverage is that climate change is so big, so all-encompassing, that journalists sometimes struggle with where to start. That can go double for local journalists, whose scope is necessarily hyperfocused. The climate …›

What We’re Reading – Nieman Lab→ Trump plans to launch social media platform “Truth Social” as part of a larger “non-woke” media company

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What We’re Reading – Nieman Lab→ The Evening Standard’s top editor will leave after 15 months. She cut 40% of editorial staff during her tenure.

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What We’re Reading – Nieman Lab→ An “infamous Russian cybergang” has been linked to the Sinclair Broadcasting hack

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What We’re Reading – Nieman Lab→ When local reporters resist vaccination mandates, everyone in town hears about it

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What We’re Reading – Nieman Lab→ The Associated Press will bring economic, sports, and election facts to blockchain

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MediaWell→ When local reporters resist vaccination mandates, everyone in town hears about it | The Washington Post

2021-10-21 As a news anchor at KGWN in Cheyenne, Wyo., Kerri Hayden said she tried to stay neutral in reporting about the coronavirus pandemic, including stories about mask and vaccine mandates. But when her station’s owner, Gray Television, required all …›

RJI→ Shoshana Walter exposing exploitation-for-profit of people with addictions

2021-10-21 With support from the Watchdog Writers Group at the Missouri School of Journalism, Walter is telling the stories of a mistreated and oft-overlooked segment of society Shoshana Walter, a 2021 Watchdog Writers Group (WWG) Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-no …›

What We’re Reading – Nieman Lab→ China has banned Caixin, one of the few news outlets willing to criticize government officials, from being republished

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Nieman Lab→ More mice, fewer breakthroughs: How to avoid bad headlines on stories about health and medical research

2021-10-21 Headlines usually are the first part of a news article people see — and, often, the only thing they read before sharing a story on social media. That’s why well-crafted headlines are critical. Incorrect, incomplete or misleading headlines spread …›

Columbia Journalism Review→ British MP’s death intensifies calls for end to online anonymity

2021-10-21 Last Friday, David Amess, a 69-year-old British member of parliament, was stabbed to death while hosting an open house for his constituents at a church in Leigh-on-Sea, a town in southeastern England. Ali Harbi Ali, the 25-year-old son of a former advi …›

Storyboard Posts – Nieman Storyboard→ Nut grafs: Learning from literature, music, movie trailers and “the bones” of stories

2021-10-21 When I’m working with writers on their nut grafs — and when I’m struggling with some version of a nut graf of my own — I seek guidance in examples where the storyteller nailed the point right away. Homer, or whoever composed “The Iliad,” op …›

Poynter→ What will we call Facebook next? And will it change anything?

2021-10-21 So, what do you think? FaceSpace? MyBook? BookFace? Squid Game? Facebook with a line through it? Like this: Facebook. Facebook is changing its name. But can it change its reputation? First, the big news. The Verge’s Alex Heath reported late Tuesday n …›

Poynter→ John King talks about the ‘mistake’ of keeping his multiple sclerosis diagnosis a secret

2021-10-21 In Wednesday’s newsletter, I wrote how CNN’s John King revealed on air that he has multiple sclerosis. King joined CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday to talk about his illness, and said he had not planned on announcing it on air, but felt the need …›

Poynter→ How the ICIJ made sense of 11.9 million documents to publish the Pandora Papers

2021-10-21 When a new investigation drops bearing the name of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the world generally pays attention. The ICIJ’s sweeping projects have spanned continents and dealt with vast document sets with a scope so b …›

Poynter→ How the 2020 election sparked a new kind of journalism

2021-10-21 One year ago this week, Americans’ anxiety and uncertainty about the 2020 election was already inching upward when Donald Trump propagated the lie that mail-ballot fraud could cost him his victory and as far-right media began a movement called Stop t …›

What We’re Reading – Nieman Lab→ The New York Times has expanded its London-based newsroom to 70 journalists, rivaling national U.K. titles

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Poynter→ FDA approves mixing vaccine brands for boosters

2021-10-21 Covering COVID-19 is a daily Poynter briefing of story ideas about the coronavirus and other timely topics for journalists, written by senior faculty Al Tompkins. Sign up here to have it delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The U.S. Food and …›

Poynter→ Don’t blame inflation. A viral photo of a $123,000 turkey at Target is an old pricing error.

2021-10-21 As supply chain issues mount, some Facebook users are sharing an image that purports to show a turkey for sale at Target for an eye-popping price: $123,199, and $9,999.99 per pound. “No Turkey for Thanksgiving this year,” said one such F …›

Nieman Lab→ It’s time to create an alternative path into a journalism career

2021-10-20 I. h3.subhead {text-align: center; font-size: 40px; line-height: 50px; font-weight: bold; font-family: freight-display-pro, freight-display-pro, georgia, serif; } There are some journalism debates that will never die. “Are bloggers journalists?&# …›

Nieman Lab→ The New York Times hopes to hook listeners on audio. Will a new standalone app do the trick?

2021-10-20 When The New York Times went on an audio-centric shopping spree in 2020 — purchasing the longform-focused app Audm and the podcasting company Serial Productions — people guessed a paid audio product might be in the works. The Times’ own Ben S …›

Storybench→ How stuff.co.nz tells the tale of two pandemics in Auckland with an interactive timeline.

2021-10-20 We have witnessed various stages of COVID-19 response here in the United States. As early surges and lockdowns led to debates over school openings and mask mandates, now we grapple with signs of renewed hope as more people are vaccinated and communiti …›

Current→ Oversight board appoints governor’s former communications director as interim leader of West Virginia Public Broadcasting

2021-10-20 The board did not disclose why it fired former executive director Chuck Roberts. …›

Nieman Lab→ New report shows news consumers may need publishers to label their content more clearly

2021-10-20 Impartiality and objectivity are key ideals that the general public wants to see in media outlets, according to a new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and based on a survey by JV Consulting. The survey, which was based on f …›

What We’re Reading – Nieman Lab→ How MEL tells fascinating, male-focused stories

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Current→ Linda Simensky, head of PBS Kids content, departs for Duolingo

2021-10-20 Simensky had worked at PBS since 2003. …›

What We’re Reading – Nieman Lab→ For scores of years, newspapers printed hate, leading to racist terror lynchings and massacres of Black Americans

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What We’re Reading – Nieman Lab→ Ben Smith, Bild, and accountability in media

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American Press Institute→ Welcome API’s new Table Stakes team member, Kamaria Roberts

2021-10-20 Kamaria Roberts joins API as the new Deputy Director of Local News Transformation. The American Press Institute is excited to announce that Kamaria Roberts joined our team as Deputy Director of Local News Transformation on Monday, Oct. 18. In her role …›

What We’re Reading – Nieman Lab→ A new survey to document “the needs, values, and vision of current BIPOC journalists as workers”

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Poynter→ From BFF to boss: How student journalists can manage their friends when they’re also the leader

2021-10-20 The Lead is a weekly newsletter that provides resources and connections for student journalists in both college and high school. Sign up here to have it delivered to your inbox every Wednesday morning during the school year. By Barbara Allen, Poynter …›