Nieman Journalism Lab

The Nieman Journalism Lab’s mission is to investigate and chronicle the changing world of journalism in the Internet age through original reporting, analysis and incisive commentary. We have done so primarily through our Web site,, which has attracted a worldwide audience of journalists, entrepreneurs, academics and educators, and through our work in social media. Launched in October 2008, the Lab is now driving conversation about the future of journalism and placing the Nieman Foundation’s work at the center of those discussions.

Our work has been cited often by print and broadcast American media (The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, CNN, BusinessWeek), international media (Le Monde, Folha de Sao Paulo, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald and others), and leading news Web sites (TechCrunch, Engadget, The Huffington Post, Slate, Politico and Talking Points Memo). The New York Times alone referred to our work seven times in a three-month period in the fall of 2009.

Because the Lab has broken big stories, like unveiling Google’s plans to build a micropayments system for newspapers, our staffers are often in demand to discuss their findings both in the United States and abroad.

In our second year of operation, we have big plans for expansion, creating new ways to serve the journalists and business people who are creating the news organizations of tomorrow. We have built a solid base of readers and work in our first year, and we hope to do even more in our second.

- Joshua Benton