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Technology
by Matt Carroll

It’s an event where people hope to catch a glimpse of the future. Twice a year, the MIT Media Lab throws open its doors to its corporate sponsors, who carefully examine and prod the projects that the lab’s graduate students are creating. Hundreds of people from top companies from across the globe attend. It’s a […] 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 »

Financial
by Desiree Everts

Just a little over a week after announcing the winners of its News Challenge on libraries, the Knight Foundation has revealed the latest recipients of its Prototype Fund. Ten media projects will receive $35,000 in funding to help push them from early stage ideas to a formal launch. Knight launched the Prototype Fund in 2012 […] more »

Participation
by Margaret Looney

Journalists needing a lean tool to create embeddable visualizations in a snap can give Silk a try. Silk is a data publishing platform that turns static spreadsheets into dynamic, customizeable web pages and embeddable visualizations, and the 3-year-old company recently launched a dedicated section just for journalists. Newsrooms like the Atlantic, Wired Italy, Huffington Post […] more »

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