Best Practices

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Best Practices
by Michelle Holmes

After two decades of professional news partnerships, John S. Knight Fellowships-informed collaboration and random acts of inspiration with other journalists, I’ve compiled a list of what smart people have taught me — when I was smart enough to pay attention. Here are 15 tips, 13 of them learned the hard way. Before You Partner Understand the […] more »

Best Practices
by J. Nathan Matias

For the past three years, I’ve been using methods to identify gender in large datasets to support research, design, and data journalism, supported by the Knight Foundation, with an amazing group of collaborators. In my Master’s thesis, used these techniques to support inclusion of women in citizen journalism, the news, and collective aciton online. Last […] more »

Best Practices
by Josh Stearns

In 2002 NPR’s vice president for diversity, then a faculty member at the Poynter Institute, described an idea he called “The Listening Post.” “Journalists interested in telling more of a community’s ‘truth’ need to establish listening posts in the places that fall outside the routine of journalism,” he wrote. “They have to leave the office, […] more »

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by Abby Reimer

Our idea has gone past an idea, and it’s terrifying. In the past months, we’ve changed our prototype again and again. And now, this week, it seems that we have a prototype that is, well, pretty dang good. We’ve talked to Steve May, who teaches business ethics at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. We also talked […] more »

Best Practices
by Josh Stearns

What are the best practices for small hyperlocal news startups to ethically cultivate a network of freelancers and community contributors? This question has been gnawing at me for a while and I haven’t yet found a good answer, so I want to share with you what I have found in hopes that you will help […] more »

Best Practices
by Cordelia Hebblethwaite

Journalists are used to promoting their work on social media. But there’s also lots of scope for journalists to use social media as a reporting tool — to find stories, for newsgathering, research, finding interviewees and more. But where to start? At a recent presentation I gave in Italy, I included a slide on this, […] more »

Best Practices
by Josh Stearns

This post originally appeared on the Local News Lab. Recently, Laurenellen McCann gave a terrific talk about community, technology and how we can and should build for “inclusive community participation.” As I watched the video, she kept talking about “civic tech” and “civic hacking,” but I kept hearing “journalism” and “reporting.” The failures she is […] more »

Best Practices
by A. Adam Glenn

The work of a unique gathering in New York last winter, aimed at helping media and communities find better ways to face climate risk, was captured in this four-and-a-half-minute video report by program organizer AdaptNY. Pipe cleaners, putty and plastic toys are not the usual newsroom paraphenalia. But on this particular day, in one ad-hoc […] more »

Best Practices
by Ryan Thornburg

This post originally appeared on The Future of News. One of the most important attributes of data driven journalism is that it scales, and the primary goal of my OpenRural, Open N.C. and data dashboard projects has been to democratize data so that we start seeing the same types of reporting and presentation in small […] more »

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