Younger adults prefer to get their news in text, not video, according to new data from Pew Research

Nieman Journalism Lab by Ricardo Bilton

Digital publishers may be pouring time and energy into cranking up their video operations, but for a lot of their potential viewers, text is still the way to go. New data from Pew Research finds that, when it comes to the news, younger adults still prefer words over moving images. While 46 percent of Americans overall say they prefer to watch the news over reading it, that number is far lower for Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 — only 38 percent of that group named video as their preferred news consumption format. In contrast, 42 percent said that they actually prefer text (which they prefer to read online, of course). Just 19 percent of young adults named listening as their preference. (“Smelling the news” was not an option.)

Meet the women breaking Syria’s journalism taboo

open Democracy News Analysis — by Thomson Reuters Foundation

Women in Syria face many barriers on a daily basis. Despite this, women citizen journalists are “risking their lives” for the news.

“They all told me I was going to be a spinster because I’m travelling to Damascus to study journalism,” says journalist and activist Zaina Erhaim.

An Italian media group’s approach to making social video work for local news

Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso has been using automation to make video production accessible to everyone in the newsroom

ProPublica’s Data Store, which has pulled in $200K, is now selling datasets for other news orgs

Nieman Journalism Lab by Ricardo Bilton

When Sarah Ryley, an investigative reporter at the New York Daily News, filed a records request with the city’s police department early last year, she didn’t expect to hear back for a while, nor did she expect the eventual data to be very useful. Ryley, working with ProPublica, was investigating how often the city evicted residents over alleged violations of its nuisance abatement law, which gave it the power to shut down businesses and residences that were being used for illegal purposes.

‘It’s a lot about who you know, and they rarely know anyone’: Helping refugee journalists restart work

Initiatives that offer mentoring and training to exiled journalists are starting up across Europe