Christina Couch, Nieman Lab

Christina Couch

Nieman Lab

Watertown, MA, United States

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Past articles by Christina:

Stories of resilience may be linked to lower suicide rates. Will media organizations listen?

"We're asking [media organizations] to not talk about the emotional appeal of the story, which is what good journalism often does." → Read More

Extraterrestrial engineering

In the 1950s, Earth-bound MIT students made aliens feel more at home. → Read More


Can the World’s Elite Warriors Save the Oceans? — NOVA Next

Special forces veterans are rebuilding damaged coral reefs and healing their own wounds in the process. → Read More


Artificial Intelligence Can Be as Biased as Humans—But It Doesn't Have to Be

AI systems don't think exactly like humans, but the algorithms can—and do—play favorites. → Read More


Artificial Intelligence Can Be as Biased as Humans—But It Doesn't Have to Be

AI systems don't think exactly like humans, but the algorithms can—and do—play favorites. → Read More

7 Legal Ways To Make Money With Your Body

Giving more of yourself can be profitable. Some bodily assets are worth major bucks. → Read More

Rethinking Feminine Hygiene in India

A product idea hatched at MIT evolves into biodegradable menstrual pads—and a win for gender equity. → Read More


Taking Politics Out of Climate Change — NOVA Next

Climate change has become a political football in the last 20 years, but now both conservatives and liberals are tackling the issue. → Read More


The Psychological Trauma of Defecting from North Korea — NOVA Next

How do you care for traumatized people who have escaped a country where mental health is a foreign concept? → Read More

The quest to make infant formula more human-like through bioengineering

Human breast milk has 1,600 proteins and changes as an infant ages, so it won’t be easy. → Read More

For MIT’s Hyperloop Team, the future moves at 240 miles per hour

MIT students worked fast to design an award-winning car for Elon Musk’s high-speed ground transportation concept. → Read More


How Artificial Intelligence Can Stop Sex Trafficking — NOVA Next

By analyzing everything from photos of hotel rooms to spelling mistakes in online ads, AI is busting sex trafficking networks. → Read More

The Tiny Switch That Almost Made It Big

A superconducting switch seemed destined to replace computers’ vacuum tubes before semiconductors won the day. → Read More

High-Paying College Majors To Study

Students looking for a financially prosperous post-college life can find one by seeking a degree in the maths or sciences. It may not be surprising that engineering and computer science fields land on the list of highest-paid bachelor's degrees. But's "Best Undergrad College Degrees By Salary" report shows that other majors can lead to lucrative careers, as well. Following are 10 of… → Read More

9 Fabulous Financial Aid Offers For College

Photo courtesy of the Executive Office of Mayor Vincent C. Gray With lower enrollment and declining tuition revenues, many colleges are losing money and doing what they can to woo students back into the classroom. Research by the credit rating and economic analysis provider Moody's Investors Service shows that approximately 40% of all colleges had decreased enrollment in fall 2015. Furthermore,… → Read More

FAFSA Tips To Get More Financial Aid

As of Jan. 1, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, became available for the 2016-2017 school year. The FAFSA establishes which students are eligible for federal grants, student loans and work-study jobs, as well as eligibility for many private awards. Here's how to get the most out of your FAFSA. Financial aid from federal and college sources is most often awarded in the order… → Read More


Augmenting Social Cues for the Disabled — NOVA Next

New assistive technologies focus on conveying emotions and leveling the social playing field. → Read More

Disability-Simulating VR Promotes Empathy

Virtual-reality projects are trying to offer a new perspective on what it’s like to experience conditions such as deafness, migraines, and depression. → Read More

How Drones Can Give a Boost to Biofuels

The U.S. is funding research to breed better sorghum plants using sensor-laden drones and data mining. → Read More

Personal Loan Lenders Look Beyond Credit Scores

"To be honest, FICO was never a big part of how we assess people's credit and gradually over time, we reduced the importance of it to the point where we eradicated it entirely," says Dan Macklin, SoFi co-founder and vice-president of community and member success. "We didn't actually think it was that reliable. We thought much of it was flawed and outdated, particularly for the modern generation,… → Read More