Nieman Lab: The Daily Digest

Newsonomics: In Memphis’ unexpected news war, The Daily Memphian’s model demands attention

It’s generated controversy over its fundraising, its paywall, and its staffing. But it’s also about as close as a major American city has gotten to a digital news site that can go toe-to-toe with the local daily newspaper. By Ken Doctor.

The New Yorker’s new weekly newsletter on climate change will try to break through the daily noise

“Climate is one of those big, overarching topics that feels essential to understand and also very overwhelming. The newsletter form seems like the right way to approach it because it narrows the focus.” By Sarah Scire.
There are lots of ways to combat misinformation. Here are some creative ones from across three continents
What We’re Reading
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism / Eduardo Suárez
Lessons on building reader revenue models from the British and Spanish press →
From Eduardo Suárez: “As this [digital] transformation unfolds, it’s worth looking at strategies news organisations are using on five aspects of the subscription process: things to do before launch, value proposition, pricing, acquisition and churn.
Google Docs / Delia Cai
Your newsletter audience starter pack →
Delia Cai, who writes the daily one-story newsletter Deez Links, shared her presentation from a Substack event on how to build an audience for your newsletter
Mother Jones / Ali Breland
Why Mark Zuckerberg’s latest plea for regulation is an enormous cop-out →

“The argument neatly fits a longstanding pattern of tech companies wading into new, potentially destructive areas seeking revenue, only to follow up by saying they’ll punt on making difficult ethical decisions that could hurt their bottom line until governments step in and force them to.”

The New York Times
The New York Times is adding a breaking news team in London →

The effort is part of The Times’ goal to reach two million international subscriptions and 10 million total subscriptions by 2025.

What / Damian Radcliffe
Here are 5 charts about digital subscription trends in 2019 →
“Niche and specialist publications, as well as those with a marquee brand and a large base of potential subscribers to tap into, may well be best placed to ride the subscription storm. But smaller publications, those without these resources and advantages (such as local news outlets) may find these waters much harder to navigate.”
MediaPost / Sara Guaglione
The New York Post is working two true crime podcasts that will debut next month →
One podcast will look into some of New York City’s “darkest and most inconceivable crimes of all time” while the other will explore more recent crimes and why they dominated the Post’s coverage.
Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas / Paola Nalvarte
A Mexican newspaper published photos of a woman’s mutilated body, and sparked a debate on how the press covers femicide →
“Freedom of expression organization Article 19 Mexico indicated that the publication of these images goes against all journalistic ethics and demonstrates the urgency of a space for reflection of the journalistic union on the coverage of femicides. It also said that the dissemination of these images is a form of revictimization, which in this case has come from the same State by filtering these images to the media.”
Pew Research Center / Mark Jurkowitz and Amy Mitchell
Who isn’t worried that made-up news could influence 2020 election? Those not paying attention →
“The least concerned are those who don’t follow political news closely at all, people with the least knowledge about political affairs and the youngest adults.”
Northwestern Local News Initiative / Mark Jacob
A new news startup in Kansas City is looking to fill the McClatchy-owned Kansas City Star’s coverage gaps →

The Beacon will not be focused on breaking news. Ryan said her discussions with news consumers show many of them “disenfranchised with the 24-hour news cycle locally, and them wanting more context to stories. The ‘solutions journalism’ aspect in particular is very appealing to people in our area.”

CNN / Kerry Flynn
The Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune are offering buyouts to staffers →
“The buyout offer is intended to give us a little more flexibility to create and hire new roles, and to give some staffers who are looking to make a change an opportunity to leave on their own terms.”
The New York Times / Sasha von Oldershausen
Can drinks, community events and the occasional wedding subsidize small-town journalism? →

“The couple sees the Sentinel as a natural extension of the paper. During editorial meetings, the staff discusses greenlighting private events. When a political candidate asked to rent the space to host a meet-and-greet, they declined, concerned it might violate the ethics of the newspaper.”

Nieman Reports / Ann Marie Lipinski
Journalism needs a strategy to bridge the chasm between the now and the next →
“How likely is it that Alden repents? Not very. During the radio interview, even [Chicago Tribune columnist Mary] Schmich conceded, ‘I think there is some wish that they can be shamed but there is no indication that they can be.'”
New York Times / Marc Tracy
Fifteen George Polk Award winners announced →
“The award for political reporting was split between reporters at The Wichita Eagle, a Kansas newspaper owned by McClatchy, which declared bankruptcy this month, and The Baltimore Sun, a daily owned by Tribune Publishing, which recently disclosed that its largest shareholder is Alden Global Capital, a hedge fund with a reputation for cutting costs at newsrooms it owns.”