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Younger Americans are listening to more non-music (like podcasts and news) than ever

A new study shows more young Americans are listening to news, podcasts, and audiobooks than ever. Nearly all of that growth comes from listening on digital devices like phones, computers, smart speakers, and internet-connected TVs — and not AM/FM radio. The authors of the 2022 Spoken Word Audi… → Read More

Meta’s layoffs make it official: Facebook is ready to part ways with the news

"Meta had the resources at its peak to do incredible things. Not just the dollars, but the encouragement to think of the best outcome possible, to make the biggest impact we could." → Read More

NPR launches a paid podcast bundle, hoping to convert a national audience into local donors

NPR estimates less than 1% of its 20 million weekly digital users give to their local stations. → Read More

You are a rat. You are an umpire. You are an engaged news consumer.

Call them games or "interactive, fan-centered service journalism." → Read More

Defector’s most successful promo email was too “creepy” to repeat

The worker-owned sports website released an admirably transparent annual report on Thursday. The report showed Defector brought in $3.8 million in its second year and that nearly every dollar came from readers. → Read More

The media startup Semafor launches with a “more honest” article format and lots of global ambition

"At some point, you get sick of pretending that this expert you're quoting knows more than you do. Or that you have no opinion or you have no analysis of your own." → Read More

Layoffs at large U.S. newspapers and digital news sites “fell considerably” in 2021, report finds

In 2020, layoffs seemed to reach every corner of the news industry. Legacy outlets like The Atlantic and The New York Times cut jobs. Newspaper chains implemented furloughs and gutted newsrooms. Neither alt-weeklies nor brand-new tech sites nor public radio stations nor award-winning magazines w… → Read More

Facebook will shut down Bulletin, its newsletter service, by early 2023

Facebook is pulling the plug on its newsletter subscription service Bulletin and no one is even pretending to be surprised. New York Times media reporter Katie Robertson broke the news: SCOOP: Meta/Facebook is shuttering its Bulletin newsletter subscription service. It plans to wind it down … → Read More

The Russian language news startup Helpdesk offers service journalism for times of war

Founder Ilia Krasilshchik doesn't know the average age or gender or location of the people seeking help through Helpdesk's chat — he just knows many are terrified. → Read More

A bakery, a brewery, and a local news site: There’s a new type of collective growing in Spokane, Washington

“Are we moving fast enough for the length of runway we have to lift off? Or do we need to, you know, keep paving and quickly build more runway? That's the real question." → Read More

The Verge goes back to bloggy basics with a new redesign

"We just want to be able to tweet onto our own website." → Read More

Semafor aims to be the source for “intelligent news consumers” who are “unhappy” and “screaming from the rooftops”

Semafor won't launch until October but we're getting a clearer picture of what the news startup with global ambitions has planned. The media company hosted the second forum in a series on "the future of news" sponsored by the Knight Foundation on Wednesday morning. (The first event fe… → Read More

Twitter is letting some news publishers post customizable cards

Tweet Tiles are "a new, customizable way to expand the creative surface area of a tweet" that could give news publishers a way to stand out in feeds. → Read More

“Space is for everyone”: Meet the scientists trying to put otherworldly images into words

"It is a lot like science writing in general. You need to have a very good understanding of the content." → Read More

Maybe don’t illustrate your stories about lethally hot weather with fun beach pics

New research finds the visuals of heat-wave news coverage are more likely to put a positive spin on extreme heat than the articles themselves. → Read More

Does academic research have a place in the newsroom? Take our quick survey.

Do you read academic work about journalism? Why or why not? Here at Nieman Lab, we read a lot of studies, surveys, and reports about journalism. We try to pull out the most interesting bits — the research that sheds light on news avoidance, looks at what happens when newspapers apologize, anal… → Read More

Lost for words? A new, free resource offers journalists guidance on thorny topics

"You might be a copy editor looking for a deeper history of a sensitive word; a writer rethinking who your beat is serving; or a manager trying to make a tough call on deadline. The challenge is the same: Language is ever-evolving, and the words we choose to use can have lasting, consequential… → Read More

News startup Semafor invited Tucker Carlson to talk about “the future of journalism.” Things did not go well.

"You are considered a propagandist and not a journalist." In a conversation between Semafor editor-in-chief Ben Smith and Tucker Carlson billed as a forum to address hyper-polarization and trust in news, it was the Fox News host who leveled those words at Smith. Carlson had been inv… → Read More

The New York Times has added The Athletic to its all-access digital subscription

Good news for sports fans who subscribe to The New York Times's all-access digital bundle (or get home delivery): your subscription now includes free access to The Athletic. The New York Times bought the sports news site for $550 million in cold hard cash back in January, but it's only this week… → Read More

The Los Angeles Times gets a fully staffed “burner account”

The first-of-its-kind team is offering "views, vibes, and commentary." → Read More