Best Practices

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Best Practices
by Zena Barakat

Meetings are dreadful. They last too long. There’s a lot of talking and not a lot of doing. They’re often dominated by the loud naysayers in the room. So when I heard a piece on NPR about how bad meetings are taking up more of our workdays, I felt validated. I did the modern-day equivalent […] more »

Best Practices
by Hannah Wang

I recently attended the second annual Journalism School Hackathon at Arizona State University. The challenge: creating solutions for underserved communities. My team created Uproot: a real-world scavenger hunt that allowed travellers to discover African-American history. It was a noble project — and a familiar one. In my first project at the Reese News Lab, NewsLing, […] more »

Best Practices
by Josh Stearns

People are hungry for local news and they follow local issues and debates closely. I’ve seen that in my daily work with newsrooms and communities in New Jersey and New York, and it is reinforced in a new report on “Local News in a Digital Age” just released by the Pew Research Center. Using surveys, […] more »

Best Practices
by Ashley Nguyen

Saying what you want to say in 140 characters is tough — but there’s a way around the limiting character count. Adding an image to a tweet will boost your chances of a retweet, and quotes help too. News outlets have figured out a way to meld the two components together by creating a downloadable […] more »

Best Practices
by Kevin Davis

This story first appeared on Journo.biz, the trade publication of the Investigative News Network. This week marks the opening of the third round of the INNovation Fund, a micro-grant program managed by the Investigative News Network to help with business experimentation in non-profit and public-media newsrooms across the country. The program is made possible by […] more »

Audio/Visual
by Anne Wootton

This post was co-written by Emily Saltz, Head of Content Strategy at Pop Up Archive, and first appeared on Medium. In part one, we heard thoughts on shareability, metrics, and publishing and distribution. In part two, hear what audio industry leaders have to say about challenges with workflow, public radio stations, and membership models. on […] more »

Audio/Visual
by Anne Wootton

This post was co-written by Emily Saltz, Head of Content Strategy at Pop Up Archive, and first appeared on Medium. Given the increased attention paid to audio in late 2014, we asked some top audio producers and digital innovators to comment on the top challenges they see facing the industry in 2015. We’ve collected their […] more »

Best Practices
by Josh Stearns

At the end of last year Kristin Hare of the Poynter Institute was collecting tech resolutions for 2015 and asked for mine. Here is what I wrote: In 2015 I want to help more journalists build with their communities, not just for their communities. At so many publications, journalists are rebuilding their newsrooms around new […] more »

Best Practices
by Ryan Thornburg

One byproduct of all the recent articles about the growth of email newsletter that aim to “cut through the daily clutter” is an amazing amount of clutter about email newsletters. Here’s what you need to know today. email newsletters: by the numbers The Skimm was started by two NBC News producers in their 20s. It’s […] more »

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