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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 »

Participation
by J. Nathan Matias

How do you party with a group of people across four continents? As a trustee of Awesome Knowledge, I’m looking for great ways to celebrate our community and congratulate our grantees. Every month or two, we give $1,000 to an awesome project that spreads knowledge (learn more), and unlike most Awesome Foundations, we’re a distributed […] more »

Participation
by Nate Herzog

What’s the purpose of the library? It’s an interesting question when you consider it. In a day and age when information is not only prevalent but personalized, making even the once-common encyclopedia collection irrelevant, what role do libraries play in their communities today? It’s a question many librarians are tackling aggressively. IT’S ABOUT BOOKS, RIGHT? […] 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 »

Mobile
by Valerie Oliphant

After successfully using FrontlineSMS in the Tomorrow is a New Day (TND) project to monitor and improve radio dramas in the Niger Delta, SFCG Nigeria chose to use the platform in a completely different capacity in Jos, a city in Northern Nigeria. SFCG Nigeria is part of Search for Common Ground, one of the first […] more »

Audio/Visual
by Emily Saltz

Speech-to-text software has gotten pretty mainstream these days. The most common use is voice commands, especially with mobile devices. Many smartphone owners have had the experience of articulating hostilely into a 1-millimeter smartphone microphone, trying — and expecting — to be understood. While there are still enough voice command errors to inspire sites like whysiriwhy.com […] more »

Participation
by Rahul Bhargava

Can a vegetable tell a story about food access in Somerville? Yep. “70% of Somerville Public School students receive free or reduced lunch” – laser-cut onto a cucumber. In public settings, it can be quite hard to get folks walking by interested in a data-driven argument about your cause. We often argue that a creative […] more »

Best Practices
by Nicole Zhu

This post originally appeared on Northwestern University Knight Lab’s blog. With code sometimes you have to run before you can walk. Tutorials and W3Schools are great for learning the basics, but at some point you just have to open a blank window in Sublime Text, focus on a project and start writing code from scratch. […] more »

Business
by Zhai Yun Tan

“One hour to pitch, guys!” Eight students from Reese News Lab, dressed in their best, were prepared to pitch in the American Underground, the heart of startups in the Triangle. As everyone piled up in the van to leave for the destination nearly 30 minutes away, a jovial mood set in. They seem ready to […] more »

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