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 Corey Ford

Scalability. If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve heard all about scalability. But there’s how you think about scalability before you meet Max Ventilla. And then there’s how you think about scalability after you meet Max Ventilla. “If you’re not creating something that scales, that gets exponentially better with scale, and gets better over time at an […] more »

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by Aleszu Bajak

An investigative report on the privatization of Greece’s islands and beaches? A documentary following child workers in Bolivia? A video report on water scarcity and the Colorado River? No, that’s not a list of the latest Pulitzer Prize nominees. These are all Belgian journalism projects that have raised more than 2,000 euros each on the crowd-funding website KissKissBankBank. These […] more »

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by Josh Stearns

The New York Times is reporting on Facebook’s pitch to get news organizations to host more content directly on the social network, a scoop first reported by the late David Carr last year. “In recent months, Facebook has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside […] more »

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by Alex Yule

These days, there seems to be an app for everything. Voice-enabled pizza ordering? Check. An app that says “Yo?” Check. As of today, Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store are home to over 1.4 million apps, each! If these numbers seem overwhelming, you’re not alone. In 2012, mobile analytics company Adeven (now Adjust) […] more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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