Nieman Journalism Lab
The Kansas City Defender is a nonprofit news site for young Black audiences across the Midwest
 ▪ “We do advocate against the racist function of policing, [but] we focus equally on being present in the community, doing poetry nights, basketball park takeovers, and other community-building, life-affirming activities.”
Cable news has a much bigger effect on America’s polarization than social media, study finds
 ▪ “Compared to online audiences, partisan TV news consumers tend not to stray too far from their narrow sets of preferred news sources.”
Doing a little word puzzle as the world burns
 ▪ “I started playing word games as a way to stop reading the news first thing in the morning.”
“Puzzles pair well with reading the news”: Why news outlets are getting into games (again)
 ▪ “Some subscribers would rather game than sift through the wreckage. Can you blame them?”
Axios sells for $525 million, to a company that seemed to be getting out of the media business
 ▪ Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises has spent the past decade selling off most of its media properties as it brings in billions from cable. So why dive back in?
Canada’s Online News Act shows how other countries are learning from Australia’s news bill
 ▪ The potential here is for democratic governments to evolve their digital policy models based on each other’s experiences.
Blame Craig: How Facebook’s AI bot explains the decline of the news industry
 ▪ “Definitely craigslist…. I don’t know that facebook is really to blame for anything specific.” And maybe the Pope did endorse Trump after all!
The Law & Justice Journalism Project aims to help journalists covering crime and the U.S. legal system  ➚
The Pink Sauce debacle is the logical next step of the “Instagrammable” movement
 ▪ Pink Sauce may be a sign that we’ve reached the next phase in an internet culture that has privileged aesthetic over function for years.
“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.”
“A bigger focus on the human impact of technology”: Sisi Wei is The Markup’s new editor-in-chief
 ▪ “What we often don’t think about is how tech accountability is also so many other types of coverage. It’s labor coverage, climate change coverage, healthcare coverage, criminal justice coverage, immigration coverage — I could go on and on.”
“Number soup”: Can we make it easier for readers to digest all the numbers journalists stuff into their stories?
 ▪ “Numbers do not speak for themselves. All the same, many people believe that they do. An ideology we call numerism, which accords a privileged epistemic status to quantification, is widespread.”
Two new bots can help newsrooms prioritize accessibility and alt text
 ▪ “If accessibility is only pitched as something that’s related to code or only related to computers, it’s going to be real easy for people in newsrooms to distance themselves from that.”
The next time someone wants your newsroom to “pivot to video,” remember some history
 ▪ “It’s always journalism that gets sacrificed on the altar of video metrics fakery and BS.”
Local sites are driving the growth of nonprofit news, new research shows  ➚
How one Mexican magazine adopted inclusive language in Spanish
 ▪ “The use of non-discriminatory language can become a tool to make diversity visible.”
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.
How the wealthiest 0.1% view the media (and why it matters)
 ▪ Plus: A more nuanced picture of misinformation on less-moderated platforms like Telegram, and a strategy for how journalists can transform “fake news” attacks into teaching moments for news literacy.
Does academic research have a place in the newsroom? Take our quick survey.  ➚
Still giving Apple 30% of your news subscription revenue? You no longer have to, and here’s how to stop
 ▪ News publishers can now direct iPhone app users to a website to subscribe — instead of being locked into Apple’s system and Apple’s rules. Netflix can show you how.