Laura Hazard Owen, Nieman Lab

Laura Hazard Owen

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Cambridge, MA, United States

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Recent articles by Laura Hazard:

Post, the latest Twitter alternative, is betting big on micropayments for news

"What I believe consumers want is to be able to get multiple sources of news in their feed." → Read More

11 (and counting) things journalism loses if Elon Musk destroys Twitter

Goodbye to screenshotted best bits, DMs, "that tweet should be a story"... → Read More

Nieman Lab is hiring a staff writer

Hello, we're hiring a staff writer! Come work with Sarah Scire, Joshua Benton, Hanaa’ Tameez, and me. That listing right up there ^ is where to apply, but let me tell you a little more about the job. We're looking for somebody who is genuinely interested in the future of news and journalism… → Read More

New York City now requires salary ranges in job posts. Here’s which media companies are complying, and which aren’t

"$15/hour to $125,000"? → Read More

The LA Times’ Día de Muertos digital altar was its most successful audience call-out ever

"Our initial hope was to get 40 or 50 submissions. We ended up receiving more than 1,000 ofrendas from across the country, and in four languages." → Read More

Here are 11 journalists’ tweets about how Twitter is losing its “heavy tweeters”

Twitter is losing its most active users and turning into a porn-and-crypto fest as "interest in news, sports and entertainment" wanes, according to Reuters' Sheila Dang, who saw internal research from the company. Also check out "What happens to journalists after Twitter?" and &… → Read More

TikTok and Instagram are the only social networks that are growing as news sources for Americans

Ten percent of all American adults now say they "regularly" get news from TikTok, according to a new Pew analysis. That's up from 3% just two years ago. And for younger Americans, not surprisingly, the percentage is higher: 26% of Americans under 30 say they regularly get news from TikTok… → Read More

Most of the Americans who will pay for news are rich

About a quarter of Americans have ever paid for news directly. Those who have are more likely to make over $150,000 a year. → Read More

Confused about the Meta/Wire saga? Read these stories, it’ll help

Once you recognize that someone's pulling an elaborate con, the Meta/Wire saga makes a little more sense. I'll do my best to sum up the recent controversy in a couple lines: The Wire, a leading independent Indian news site, reported earlier this month that an Indian government official had the p… → Read More

Readers expect news orgs to be impartial, but don’t reward them for it

"News brands are judged by, but not inherently valued for, their impartiality." → Read More

The state of California will fund $25 million in local reporting fellowships

The budget passed in California this week includes $25 million worth of help for local news, which will be distributed via UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism starting next year. This isn't the first time that a state has budgeted money to help local journalism — New Jersey's Civic In… → Read More

Local sites are driving the growth of nonprofit news, new research shows

Local news sites have accounted for 55% of all U.S. nonprofit news sites launched since 2017, and last year, 65% of launches were local, according to the new annual report from the Institute for Nonprofit News. By 2024, INN projects, local news sites — rather than national or global sites lik… → Read More

The Harvard Crimson will switch from daily to weekly print starting this fall

The Harvard Crimson, Harvard's daily student newspaper, is 149 years old for this year. Starting in the fall, it will follow many other newspapers in reducing its print schedule to once a week, the paper's editors announced in a letter to readers on Thursday. The Crimson will publish daily on w… → Read More

Unimaginable abortion stories will become more common. Is American journalism ready?

In America after the end of Roe v. Wade, one brave source, on the record, is often the best we are going to get. Countless other stories will never be told. → Read More

City Bureau gets $10 million to make public meetings more public

Documenters has already trained more than 1,700 people who've covered more than 2,300 public meetings. → Read More

After 8 years, Google News returns to Spain

Google News is back online in Spain, eight years after the company pulled the product as a result of a Spanish law that would have required it to pay for linking to news sites. Google says the loss of Google News hurt Spanish publishers, and there's evidence to back that up. A 2017 study found, … → Read More

“Facebook has taken over”: How residents find local info when local newspapers aren’t doing the job

"A lot of it’s trash, to be honest, but a lot of it’s very useful." → Read More

As traditional news use declines, online news isn’t making up the gap

"We find that many people are becoming increasingly disconnected from news." → Read More

How can social media laws evolve beyond the “shoes of newspapers or telephones”?

There are many proposals to regulate social media. Let's say you are a high-normal level of concerned about platforms making things terrible and you also begin to tune out when you hear about proposed social media legislation, or any sections of anything, but you would like to support some kind of … → Read More

“I follow all these pages and I still don’t get answers”: This new report is a great example of centering consumers in local news research

"I think could do a better job explaining what major bills will do and the impact it'll have." → Read More