What We’re Reading – Nieman Lab

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The Russian language news startup Helpdesk offers service journalism for times of war

Founder Ilya Krasilshchik doesn't know the average age or gender or location of the people seeking help through Helpdesk's chat — he just knows many are terrified.

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A bakery, a brewery, and a local news site: There’s a new type of collective growing in Spokane, Washington

“Are we moving fast enough for the length of runway we have to lift off? Or do we need to, you know, keep paving and quickly build more runway? That's the real question."

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Way back in 1989, USA Today launched an online sports service. I found it at Goodwill

USA Today Sports Center is a time capsule from a period in which a newspaper could convince people to pay five bucks an hour to log onto their service during the big game.

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Pageviews, assemble! Why there’s no escaping the Marvel Cinematic Universe online

In 2022, few pop-culture brands move the needle, so newspaper blue-bloods and recipe sites alike rally around Marvel Cinematic Universe content as their last stand.

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Researchers ask: Does enforcing civility stifle online debate?

Some social scientists argue that civility is a poor metric by which to judge the quality of an online debate.

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What I learned in my second year on Substack

"I truly wish every reporter could have the experience of getting a raise on the same day they produced something of value to their readers."

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U.S. politicians tweet much more misinformation than those in the U.K. and Germany

"We also found systematic differences between the parties in the U.S., where Republican politicians were found to share untrustworthy websites more than nine times as often as Democratic politicians."

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“You don’t know which side is playing you”: The authors of Meme Wars have some advice for journalists

"The media treating Twitter like an assignment editor is one of the fundamental errors that enabled meme warriors to play everyone."

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Semafor aims to be the source for “intelligent news consumers” who are “unhappy” and “screaming from the rooftops”

Semafor won't launch until October but we're getting a clearer picture of what the news startup with global ambitions has planned. The media company hosted the second forum in a series on "the future of news" sponsored by the Knight Foundation on Wednesday morning. (The first event fe…

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The state of California will fund $25 million in local reporting fellowships

The budget passed in California this week includes $25 million worth of help for local news, which will be distributed via UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism starting next year. This isn't the first time that a state has budgeted money to help local journalism — New Jersey's Civic In…