Journalism is changing so fast that it might be overwhelming to follow the latest updates and trends. Newsletters from experts and specialised websites are a handy (and easy) way to keep up to date.
Here are six terrific newsletters to simplify your life.
1. Niemand Lab
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard publishes the Nieman Journalism Lab newsletter. The project is defined as “an attempt to help journalism figure out its future in an Internet age”.
The newsletter offers articles about key topics such as business models, mobile journalism, reporting, production, and audience engagement.
The most popular option is its daily bulletin, but they offer a weekly newsletter as well. You will find all the details and the subscription form here.
In 2014, Northeastern University’s Media Innovation program founded Storybench as a place to find out and share the most innovative trends in online journalism.
The newsletter will bring you updates about data journalism, revenue models, interviews with experienced journalist and the use of new technologies in the newsroom. All the newsletters are available in an archive.
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies publishes several specialised newsletters about fact-checking, local news, and “women kicking ass in digital media”.
The website also offers information about media jobs, courses, and training for journalists.
The institute, located in St. Petersburg, Florida, is a non-profit school for journalism founded by the owner of The Tampa Bay Times newspaper.
You can subscribe Poynter’s newsletters here.
John Thompson launched Journalism.co.uk in 1999 and, since then, it has become a key source for journalists to follow new projects and the changes in the media industry. The subscription is available here.
Journalism.co.uk offers a daily newsletter with their latest articles, plus job vacancies and courses.
The articles have a considerable variety of topics. However, as Journalism.co.uk are a small team, the newsletter usually repeats some articles. It would be better a weekly newsletter, but they prefer to offer a daily bulletin.
5. Columbia Journalism Review (CJR)
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism edits the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR).
CJR’s newsletter has a different approach and focuses on analysis and deep reporting. The newsletter examines editorial decisions, highlights mistakes and how media outlets face them and offers a critical point of view.
CJR publishes three bulletins (subscribe from the links):
- The Media Today: A daily look at the biggest stories in journalism
- Top Stories: A weekly digest of CJR’s best stories
- United States Project: A weekly look at the state of local new
The three of them are a valuable source to get inspired and learn from some of the best journalists.
Digiday newsletter differs from the other examples because it has a business approach.
They focus on strategy, revenue, and new trends. Digiday analyses how technology has changed the newsrooms culture and how algorithms force editors to look for new solutions to engage with the audience.
Digiday publishes six bulletins in total: One sent daily, one weekly, three specialised in Marketing, Media and Job offers and one specifically for the UK.
You can subscribe one or all of them here.
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