Journalism roundup: a new report from the Pew Research Center says your news sources changes according to your choices on issues…

English: A speech in The New York Times newsro...
English: A speech in The New York Times newsroom after the announcement of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winners (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Where you get your news depends on where you stand on the issues

Nieman Journalism Lab by Justin Ellis

Strong liberals and strong conservatives disagree on an awful lot — but there are a lot of ways they’re more like each other than they are like those closer to the middle. And some of those involve the ways they interact with news media.

That’s one of the takeaways from a new report from the Pew Research Center on how ideology and political polarization intersect with media consumption habits. The study, “Political Polarization & Media Habits,” looks at how the news Americans consume and the outlets they follow help to shape or reinforce their political outlook. The report is based on an online survey of almost 3,000 Americans and divides them into five ideological groups based on how they responded to issue questions: consistently liberal, mostly liberal, mixed, mostly conservative, and consistently conservative.


Infiltrating people’s habits: How Time works to engage readers

Nieman Journalism Lab by Joseph Lichterman


t was a Thursday in late August and the Internet was whipping itself into a frenzy. The cable channel FXX was about to kick off its Every Simpsons Ever marathon, showing all 522 Simpsons episodes back-to-back-to-back.

And in its daily meeting that morning, Time’s audience engagement team was figuring out how to best take advantage of the moment and convert interest in the Simpsons into visits to Time’s website.


You can now listen to a podcast in a tweet (and keep on scrolling)

Nieman Journalism Lab by Joshua Benton


You can add audio and video players inside your tweets, just as WNYC did for a Maya Angelou interview

May 28, 2014

Back in May, we told you about how WNYC was using a Twitter Player Card to embed audio into its tweets. It was pretty nifty! But it came with a few technical hiccups:

It’s not a perfect experience. Twitter is all about the stream, scrolling through tweets — it’s not exactly optimized for having the same tweet in front of you while a 16-minute audio clip plays. (On the Twitter iOS app, for instance, the widget is only playable as a separate web page, which both is unattractive and means you can’t look at any other tweets in your stream for 16 minutes.) And I imagine many news orgs would much rather direct traffic to their website than share even more of their content on someone else’s platform.


Seattle Times, Pro Publica, NPR take home 2014 Online Journalism Awards

Online News Association – Sep 27 – CHICAGO — Coverage of natural disasters and health care as well as the making of a T-shirt took top honors Saturday night at the 2014 Online Journalism Awards, which ended the Online News Association Conference. At the 14th annual awards

A Quick Tour Of The New York Times’ Twitter Graveyard

BuzzFeed – Charlie Warzel – Sep 26, 10:40 AM – A week ago, New York Times chief television critic Alessandra Stanley landed in hot water after a much-maligned profile of the television producer Shonda Rhimes. In a statement, Stanley deflected criticism of the piece, alluding to the reactionary


From Nieman Reports: Digital is bringing un grand dérangement to French news institutions

Nieman Journalism Lab by Peter Gumbel

Editor’s note: Our sister publication Nieman Reports is out with its new issue (and new website). Here’s one story that might be of interest to Nieman Lab readers: a look at how the rise of digital is being felt in some journalistic institutions (new and old) in France.

Watching what happens: The New York Times is making a front-page bet on real-time aggregation

Nieman Journalism Lab by Justin Ellis

The rhythms of the homepage of are by now familiar, even a little predictable. The core of its layout has been steady for almost a decade; regular readers have come to know how stories flow in and out of slots, mixing the day’s top news, timely features enjoying their minute in the sun, nods to the opinion section, and a breaking story or two. While the page might have live updates — say, if the fate of Scottish independence hangs in the balance — few would confuse it with the frenetic pace of a newsy Twitter stream.

CNN, anywhere: How TV Everywhere strategy is evolving in the world of cable news

Nieman Journalism Lab by Caroline O’Donovan

It’s 2014, and if you want to, you can watch cable news live on a mobile device from pretty much anywhere. It might well stream poorly, and you’ll have a hard time figuring out how to log in to (or “authenticate”) your account, but you can do it.

Native advertising is growing at The New York Times

Nieman Journalism Lab by Joseph Lichterman

Capital New York give us a look at The New York Times’ native advertising business in a profile of Meredith Kopit Levien, its executive vice president for advertising, and it appears to be growing. Since launching earlier this year, it’s struck deals with 32 different brands — from Netflix to Thomson Reuters — to create ads that cost from $25,000 to more than $200,000 just to create.

The Guardian has a new format for liveblogs to make them more readable

Nieman Journalism Lab by Joshua Benton

The Guardian has a new setup for its liveblogs that aims to fix some of their eternal problems — chief among them that they’re great for in-the-moment following along, but cryptic and unnavigable after the fact:

Business model lessons, from Ello to news companies

Nieman Journalism Lab by Joshua Benton

Ello is the new anti-Facebook social network du jour (remember Crabgrass?Diaspora?) that’s attracting attention for its strong stance against advertising and advertising-related data harvesting as a business model. Will it actually be a success? Ben Thompson says no and, in the process of explaining his argument for why not, outlines some Business Model 101 that also applies to news and news-y startups:


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