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A quick look at Open N.C.
Government & Politics
by Ryan Thornburg

Reporters in North Carolina are starting to use a new tool developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that will help them speed up their everyday reporting and find stories that are hidden in the mass of public data held by local governments in the state. Open N.C. has collected information from […] more »

Legal Issues
by Tom Lowenthal

Good news for journalists wanting added protection from surveillance. Yahoo has announced a technical preview of its email security tool End-to-End, which it has been developing in collaboration with Google. This is another milestone in the tech companies’ efforts to protect users not just from outsiders, but also from the companies themselves. The Problem Typically, […] more »

Best Practices
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 »

Best Practices
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 »

Participation
by Cordelia Hebblethwaite

Journalists are a cynical bunch — we don’t like crap content. And social media is full of it. So why am I writing a guide for journalists on how to use social media more effectively in reporting? I’ve been asking myself that question a lot recently. Every time I come across a story about a […] more »

Audio/Visual
by Peter Karman

For the last year I have immersed myself in the technology of automatic speech recognition (ASR) for transcribing public radio broadcasts. I started with a grant from the Knight Foundation while at American Public Media | Minnesota Public Radio and have continued on at Pop Up Archive. During this year I have talked with many […] more »

Audio/Visual
by Ethan Zuckerman

What’s a “holy shit visualization?” It’s a way of looking at data that turns a statistic you might have flipped past in a book or skimmed by on a web page into something that you can’t forget. It’s a visceral reminder of the power of images and the power of looking at dry numbers in […] 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 »

Audio/Visual
by Donna Borak

Going to this year’s Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier exhibition hall on virtual reality, you couldn’t help but feel as if you were seated at the front row of the future of journalism. It’s a new world of immersive media and experimentation. And even though they are not specifically talking about journalism, it is all […] more »

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