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Now nonprofit, The Salt Lake Tribune has achieved something rare for a local newspaper: financial sustainability

The Salt Lake Tribune has plenty to celebrate in 2021. The first (and so far only) major newspaper to become a nonprofit is financially sustainable and, after years of layoffs and cuts, is growing its newsroom. Executive editor Lauren Gustus announced the news in a note to readers in which the relief of escaping hedge fund ownership was palpable. “We celebrate 150 years this year and we are healthy,” Gustus wrote. “We are...

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Journalism internships are an education — in precarious work

Internships can be places where young journalists gain crucial experience that can’t be replicated in the classroom, and begin relationships that pay off for decades in guidance and career advancement. But as many have noted in recent years, it’s also a major part of the way the news industry perpetuates homogeneity and elitism, by creating a pipeline to top jobs for students at elite universities and shutting out others from...

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How do you fix an “information disorder”? The Aspen Institute has some ideas

It is fall now, and out west, the aspens are turning. In this case, it’s the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder, a group of smart, powerful, and/or ex-royal people tasked with figuring out how to tackle the misinformation seemingly endemic to modern digital life. (Among the names that’ll be most familiar to Nieman Lab readers: Amanda Zamora, Alex Stamos, Kate Starbird, Jameel Jaffer, Safiya Umoja Noble, Deb...

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Public access television channels are an untapped resource for building local journalism

On October 20, Community Media Day, Public Media Network (PMN) celebrated forty years of operating Kalamazoo, Michigan’s Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) access cable channels. Distinct from local public broadcasting, PMN’s legacy is built on teaching residents how to produce homegrown cable television programs. PMN also cablecasts town council and school board meetings, public safety announcements and municipal job...

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Vox is revamping its editorial strategy to redefine what ‘Voxxy’ means

Last month, Vox.com eliminated its Identities section, which covered a range of topics, including criminal justice, race, religion, gender, and drugs. Some not-so-great personal news: Vox has decided to eliminate the Identities section and thus my position. I’m extremely proud of the work my team has done and the stories and perspectives we’ve centered that mainstream media often does not. 1/12 — Jessica Machado...

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The dream of customized audio news isn’t working out (at least not yet)

In 2016, one of the more interesting startups we’ve covered here at Nieman Lab launched. 60dB, named for the volume of a calm human voice, launched on what was still the front edge of the current podcast boom — a year of 2 Dope Queens. Code Switch, and Homecoming. And like all my favorite startups, 60dB was a clear expression of a single idea: People like audio that comes in shorter packages. Podcasting in 2016 was largely a realm...