Nieman Journalism Lab
The New York Times has added The Athletic to its all-access digital subscription  ➚
Votebeat will cover local election administration as a permanent newsroom
 ▪ “How do you produce journalism that strengthens elections? That’s the question that runs through my mind every day.”
The U.S. is losing an average of two weekly newspapers a week  ➚
Hype is a weaponized form of optimism
 ▪ Want to know the true value of AI, NFTs, and other much-touted technologies? Ignore the news and look at the harsh judgment of the market.
For print newspapers, one Florida retirement community is a better market than Atlanta, St. Louis, or Portland
 ▪ For local newspapers, print circulation has collapsed for every audience except retirees. That’s why the daily paper in The Villages, Florida (metro population 129,752) prints as many copies as the one in Atlanta (metro population 6,930,423).
The Tributary, covering Florida’s largest city, will be a worker-directed nonprofit
 ▪ Staffers will take part in making collective decisions about the organization, from hiring and compensation to developing the budget, along with their journalistic work.
The Los Angeles Times gets a fully staffed “burner account”
 ▪ The first-of-its-kind team is offering “views, vibes, and commentary.”
After 8 years, Google News returns to Spain  ➚
“The differences seem to be growing”: A look at the rising generation of news consumers
 ▪ Social natives ≠ digital natives.
The Washington Post wants to give you a good deal on a digital subscription — from now until 2072
 ▪ Anyone who tells you they know what digital news will look like in 50 years is lying. But the Post — with an owner rich enough to allow a decades-long time horizon — says it’ll still only cost you $50 a year.
Meet the fact-checkers decoding Sri Lanka’s meltdown
 ▪ Using public documents and crowdsourced data, supported by shoe-leather reporting, Watchdog hopes to arm citizens with information that can effect real change.
Facebook looks ready to divorce the news industry, and I doubt couples counseling will help
 ▪ Out of every 1,000 times someone sees a post on Facebook, how many of them include a link to a news site? Four. No wonder Facebook doesn’t want to write publishers big checks anymore.
“Facebook has taken over”: How residents find local info when local newspapers aren’t doing the job
 ▪ “A lot of it’s trash, to be honest, but a lot of it’s very useful.”
When student loans and the housing crisis force journalists out of the business
 ▪ “Is our compensation structure fundamentally unjust because we pay primarily for experience and skills, with no consideration for need?”
Loans got me into journalism. Student debt pushed me out.
 ▪ “My journalism degree was more expensive than my wealthier classmates’ degrees because I couldn’t afford to pay in cash. But that’s a common theme with American systems. Poor people pay high prices. Rich people get discounts.”
As traditional news use declines, online news isn’t making up the gap
 ▪ “We find that many people are becoming increasingly disconnected from news.”
Struggle, chaos, no regrets? Journalists love the work they do, despite industry challenges
 ▪ Over 70% said they were proud of their work and would pursue a journalism career again.
“Like a slow-motion coup”: Brazil is on the brink of a disinformation disaster
 ▪ “I think about January 6, and the fact that Brazil is a much younger democracy. I’m really worried. Everybody knows this is going to happen, because every single day [President Jair Bolsonaro] says these things.”
How science helps fuel a culture of misinformation
 ▪ We tend to blame the glut of disinformation in science on social media and the news, but the problem often starts with the scientific enterprise itself.
How can social media laws evolve beyond the “shoes of newspapers or telephones”?  ➚