Nieman Journalism Lab
ProPublica’s new “50 states” commitment builds on a decade-plus of local news partnerships
 ▪ With annual revenue of $45 million and a staff approaching 200 people, ProPublica has been one of the big journalism winners of the past decade. And it’s been unusually willing to spread that wealth around the country.
“Journalism moves fast…philanthropy moves slow.” Press Forward’s director wants to bring them together
 ▪ “I see, every week, some example of where the two don’t understand each other. Each of them needs to shift a little bit.”
After criticism over “viewpoint diversity,” NPR adds new layers of editorial oversight
 ▪ “We will all have to adjust to a new workflow. If it is a bottleneck, it will be a failure.”
“Impossible to approach the reporting the way I normally would”: How Rachel Aviv wrote that New Yorker story on Lucy Letby
 ▪ “So much of the media coverage — and the trial itself — started at the point at which we’ve determined that [Lucy] Letby is an evil murderer; all her texts, notes, and movements are then viewed through that lens.”
Increasingly stress-inducing subject lines helped The Intercept surpass its fundraising goal
 ▪ “We feel like we really owe it to our readers to be honest about the stakes and to let them know that we truly cannot do this work without them.”
In an increasingly fractured Europe, this project is betting on one-on-one talks as a way to find common ground
 ▪ “We get requests from all over the world, and everyone says that their country is experiencing unprecedented levels of polarization or a breakdown in social cohesion.”
After The Messenger’s collapse, Jimmy Finkelstein seems to be itching for a do-over
 ▪ “May I suggest to any potential investors just setting your money on fire instead? Faster, less traumatic, same outcome.”
Apple News adds a new original game to boost News+ subscriptions
 ▪ The news aggregator app has focused on puzzles and games that are “more welcoming to newcomers.”
People who got off Facebook for 6 pivotal weeks in 2020 may have been less likely to vote for Trump
 ▪ “We do think our results can inform readers’ priors about the potential effects of social media in the final weeks of high-profile national elections.”
How NPR and Floodlight teamed up to uncover fossil fuel “news mirages” across the country
 ▪ “It’s information. But it’s not news.”
This journalism professor made a NYC chatbot in minutes. It actually worked.
 ▪ “The step that we need to make as a society is moving from, ‘This came from a machine, it must be correct,’ to, if I’m talking to a friend of mine who says something crazy, ‘I need to double check that, I need to cross reference it to make sure that it is accurate.'”
For the first time, two Pulitzer winners disclosed using AI in their reporting
 ▪ Awarded investigative stories are increasingly relying on machine learning, whether covering Chicago police negligence or Israeli weapons in Gaza
“We’re there to cover what’s happening”: How student journalists are covering campus protests
 ▪ “We don’t come in when there’s something crazy happening and then leave when it’s over. This is just what we do all the time. And I really hope that makes people trust us more as a newspaper.”
Screenshots are one big winner of Meta’s news ban in Canada
 ▪ “We observe a dramatic increase in posts containing screenshots of Canadian news stories in the post-ban period.”
This year’s Pulitzer Prizes were a coming-out party for online media — and a marker of local newspapers’ decline
 ▪ For the first time ever, more online news sites produced Pulitzer finalists than newspapers did.
Most Americans say local news is important. But they’re consuming less of it.
 ▪ Just 15% of Americans paid or gave money to a local news source in the past year, according to new research from the Pew-Knight Initiative.
Economic sanctions, donor whims, and legalese: Exiled media outlets face challenges in reporting on their home countries  ➚
Newsonomics: Eight essentials as California’s “save local news” bill picks up speed
 ▪ What’s important to watch, in this gnarly legislation filled with acronyms, are two simple things: Money In and Money Out.
Media coverage of campus protests tends to focus on the spectacle rather than the substance
 ▪ “There are commercial reasons why some newsrooms focus on the spectacle and confrontation — the old journalism adage of ‘if it bleeds, it leads’ still prevails in many newsroom decisions…But it is a decision that delegitimizes protest aims.”
Pulitzer’s AI Spotlight Series will train 1,000 journalists on AI accountability reporting
 ▪ The Pulitzer Center is prioritizing reporters in the Global South, and all the sessions are free.