Nieman Journalism Lab
The LA Times’ Kevin Merida thinks Los Angeles is “the perfect place to redefine the modern newspaper”
 ▪ “We don’t have to turn around a whole big ship. We can try things.”
The Mississippi Free Press launched early to cover the pandemic, but aims to be in nonprofit news “for the long game”
 ▪ “If you seem to be an organization that’s only concerned with large donors and large foundations, you’re probably only concerned with one type of reporting.”
Googling for credible information can help correct belief in misinformation, according to a new study  ➚
Publishers hope fact-checking can become a revenue stream. Right now, it’s mostly Big Tech who is buying.
 ▪ Facebook alone works with 80 different fact-checking organizations worldwide.
Young people think it’s “very important” for news organizations to link out to their facts and research. Older people don’t care as much.  ➚
Prioritizing subscribers, not fly-by readers, Skift is “debranding”  ➚
Fewer grants, more risks: Four rules for nonprofit journalism funders, from the former president of ProPublica
 ▪ “Any national donor large enough to put out press releases that issues one about making a bunch of $25,000 grants is either trying to fool other people or themselves.”
As Facebook tries to knock the journalism off its platform, its users are doing the same
 ▪ A healthy chunk of Facebook users say they don’t get much news there any more — an outcome to be both expected and desired.
What I learned from a year on Substack
 ▪ “The only way a Substack grows is through tweets. I am like 85% serious when I say this.”
True Genius: How to go from “the future of journalism” to a fire sale in a few short years
 ▪ Genius (née Rap Genius) wanted to “annotate the world” and give your content a giant comment section you can’t control. Now it can’t pay back its investors.
This study shows how people reason their way through echo chambers — and what might guide them out
 ▪ “You really don’t know whether this person making a good-sounding argument is really smart, is really educated, or whether they’re just reading off something that they read on Twitter.”
Misinformation is a global problem. One of the solutions might work across continents too.
 ▪ Plus: What Africa’s top fact-checkers are doing to combat false beliefs about Covid-19.
Facebook’s pivot to video didn’t just burn publishers. It didn’t even work for Facebook  ➚
Some questions (and answers) about the Local Journalism Sustainability Act
 ▪ If the proposed legislation becomes law, it would offer substantial help to many local newsrooms at a critical time.
“This shit is just embarrassing”: The New Yorker’s archive editor breaks down the print mag’s dismal diversity stats
 ▪ “As someone who’s done the research, seen all the numbers, I can tell you that things are simply not changing quickly enough to present real, concrete progress.”
A new NYU report finds that Facebook is part of the polarization problem, but not all of it
 ▪ But its recommendations to reduce polarization don’t target the people who might have the most direct influence.
How “engagement” makes you vulnerable to manipulation and misinformation on social media
 ▪ “The heart of the matter is the distinction between provoking a response and providing content people want.”
A few more details on The Emancipator, the upcoming relaunch of a 19th-century abolitionist newspaper  ➚
The people who trust news least aren’t necessarily loud and angry — they’re indifferent, study of 4 countries suggests  ➚
An Australian court ruling makes publishers legally responsible for every idiot Facebook user who leaves a comment
 ▪ Is a defamatory comment left on your Facebook page more like graffiti on a wall, a streaker on live TV, or a hand-delivered telegram? Whatever your metaphor, Australian courts now say publishers are legally liable for words they neither wrote nor published.