Nieman Journalism Lab
Are you willing to pay for CNN.com? Prepare to be asked before year’s end
 ▪ The cable news network plans to launch a new subscription product — details TBD — by the end of 2024. Will Mark Thompson repeat his New York Times success, or is CNN too different a brand to get people spending?
The New York Times is “constantly thinking about the hierarchy of the stories that we’re promoting,” Joe Kahn says  ➚
Errol Morris on whether you should be afraid of generative AI in documentaries
 ▪ “Our task is to get back to the real world, to the extent that it is recoverable.”
In the world’s tech capital, Gazetteer SF is staying off platforms to produce good local journalism
 ▪ “Thank goodness that the mandate will never be to look what’s getting the most Twitter likes.”
“Poetjournalism” slouches forth from Michigan to be born
 ▪ Institute for Poetjournalism founder Aaron Dworkin hopes a cash prize and a wire service for “newspoems” will help the form take off.
If Meta bans news in Australia, what will happen? Canada’s experience is telling
 ▪ In countries that have demanded Facebook pay local news publishers, the tech giant has responded with threats — and sometimes action. Will a Canada-style ban become the international norm?
ChatGPT is hallucinating fake links to its news partners’ biggest investigations
 ▪ Nieman Lab’s tests show ChatGPT is directing users to broken URLs for at least 10 publications with OpenAI licensing deals.
El País aims for the U.S. with a new, American Spanish-language edition
 ▪ “The best reader is the one who reads you a lot.”
Cityside launches Richmondside, its third local news site in California  ➚
Is journalism’s trust problem about money, not politics?
 ▪ The people we spoke with tended to assume that news organizations made money primarily through advertising instead of also from subscribers.
The espionage trial of Evan Gershkovich signals a dangerous new era for journalism in Russia
 ▪ You have to go back to the 1980s and the last, confrontational phase of the Cold War to find a case of a Moscow correspondent being locked up on spying charges.
Triangle Blog Blog aims for a sweet spot between local news and progressive politics
 ▪ To what extent can, and can’t, a well-researched progressive civics blog serve as local news?
Journalism has become ground zero for the vocation crisis
 ▪ Journalists — like nurses and teachers — want to do work that’s interesting and socially beneficial. But the industry’s increasing precariousness counterbalances the appeal.
Freelancers sue over new rules on independent contractors
 ▪ “Ultimately, what we’re fighting for is the right to freelance.”
The Baltimore Banner, turning two, celebrates a subscriber bump and a new education hub  ➚
Is the news industry ready for another pivot to video?
 ▪ Aggregate data from 47 countries shows all the growth in platform news use coming from video or video-led networks.
Many people don’t pay full price for their news subscription. Most don’t want to pay anything at all
 ▪ Is increasing subscriber numbers by offering people rock-bottom trial prices sustainable?
What’s in a successful succession? Nonprofit news leaders on handing the reins to the next guard
 ▪ “Any organization that is dependent on having a founder around is inherently unsustainable.”
Worldwide, news publishers face a “platform reset”
 ▪ Some findings from RISJ’s 2024 Digital News Report.
The strange history of white journalists trying to “become” Black
 ▪ “To believe that the richness of Black identity can be understood through a temporary costume trivializes the lifelong trauma of racism. It turns the complexity of Black life into a stunt.”