The biggest spender on pro-Trump Facebook ads (besides his campaign) “straddles the line between an ultraconservative news outlet and a conspiracy warehouse”

We at Nieman Lab have gotten the question from readers several times: What exactly is The Epoch Times? It publishes in more than 20 languages, including Slovak, Hebrew, and Ukrainian; it’s attached (or not attached?) to the Falun Gong movement and banned in China; it really seems to like Donald Trump. And it has free…

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Facebook is trying again with journalists for curating its news content

The journalists are back. For now. In the latest update on the coming-this-fall news tab, which will also include payments to publishers for licensing their content, Facebook will be bringing back its human-moderating style. The original system infamously flamed out in the aftermath of a head-scratching Gizmodo article in 2016 about conservative “suppression” that wasn’t…

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When it comes to the consolidation of local news companies, American worry a lot more about political bias than about newsroom cutbacks

Remember the (legitimate) spook that Deadspin video stitching together local Sinclair anchors around the country introduced? From creator Timothy Burke’s explanation: It was just a strange, spooky thing that happened, cut together in an attempt to play the strangeness and spookiness up…. Absent any background on media consolidation in this country, nor knowledge of what…

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Who works best in a revenue development role? Here’s what these local news organizations have found

Folks, it happened: The key to sustainable local news has been discovered. And it involves making money. Spoiler alert: It’s all about making money, and that takes having people whose job descriptions are specifically devoted to that task — along with tying the money-generating to the journalistic mission. And okay, maybe they haven’t found the…

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How The Wall Street Journal is building an incubator into its newsroom, with new departments and plenty of hires

Ready, aim, innovate: The Wall Street Journal has assembled the leaders of its new departments, spearheading initiatives with an additional three dozen or so staffers. They’ll focus on attracting new generations of readers, engaging subscribers, analyzing audience data, and other broad innovation moves. After announcing a batch of new and expanded departments in March, Journal…

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