Best Practices

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Best Practices
by Scott Finn

Being “digital first” is no longer a new idea. In fact, I risk appearing to be very “2005” by even bringing it up. But if everyone agrees that public media organizations must be digital first, why is it that we so rarely, truly are? When I started at West Virginia Public Broadcasting two years ago, […] more »

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by Jorge Luis Sierra

More than ever before, journalists who work in dangerous zones understand the importance of technology to improve safety and reduce risk. Xiomara Orellana, Daniela Aguilar, Ernesto Aroche, and Javier Garcia are four such journalists. Their experiences provide useful examples of what can be achieved with proper security training and the right technologies. Orellana, an investigative […] more »

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by Josh Stearns

The Lo-Down, a six-year-old community news site and monthly magazine on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, just launched a very smart crowdfunding pitch. They are asking their community to help fund a one-year reporting project on the struggles of small businesses in their neighborhood. Here is why I think this is clever: Listening to […] more »

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by Randy Abramson

Periscope and Meerkat are barely months old and they have already become the ‘platforms to most likely to replace your TV/browser/mobile stream/favorite YouTube channel.’ Why have these platforms grown so quickly? Because the streams are personal and interactive, but most of all, the entire experience is fun. Live video streaming is nothing new, but pre-Periscope/Meerkat […] more »

Audio/Visual
by Kristen Clark

So you’ve been kicking around the idea of a podcast for a while, only to discover that the men’s shoe store down the street and your aunt Vicky’s knitting circle have both already beat you to iTunes. With hundreds of new podcasts flooding the market (thanks to the likes of Serial), you might have the […] more »

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by Molly de Aguiar

Sometimes we get candid feedback from journalism organizations that they do not have the capacity or resources to try some of the new ideas and tools we highlight on Local News Lab and in the weekly Local Fix newsletter. We understand. There are many chicken and egg situations when it comes to small, local journalism […] more »

Best Practices
by Kuang Keng Kuek Ser

Since January, I’ve been developing DataN, the affordable, customized training program in data journalism for small newsrooms. Now the program has found its first user: Malaysiakini.com, the most visited news website in Malaysia (and also my former employer). The DataN training program consists of: Pre-training survey and interviews to understand what the newsroom needs and […] more »

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by Phuong Ly

“You have middle-aged people at your hackathon?!” That was the reaction of a couple of 20-something developers when they saw photos of a Migrahack, the immigration data hackathon organized by the Institute of Justice & Journalism. At Migrahacks, we’re proving that hackers aren’t just young white men, the typical image portrayed in Silicon Valley. Our […] more »

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by Ashley Nguyen

Internationally, nonprofit journalism continues to gradually expand and grow. Direkt36 in Hungary launched earlier this year. A team of Brazilian journalists run Agência Pública in São Paulo. Sheila Coronel founded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. There’s also the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London. The list goes […] more »

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