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Posts by André Natta

About André Natta

André Natta is a journalist and columnist based in Birmingham, AL. He serves as digital media producer for Birmingham, AL NPR affiliate WBHM and performs similar duties for the Southern Education Desk. (The latter a multi-state, Corporation for Public Broadcasting-funded local journalism collaborative headquartered at the station.) He also serves as one of the organizers for #wjchat, a six-year-old weekly online chat about digital journalism.
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We need collaboration in journalism now more than ever

More than a month after the election, the following sentence has become a cable news cliché: Journalists in New York and Washington, D.C. are out of touch with the rest of the country. It's true. There's a lot of local nuance that doesn't make the national news. And it’s even true within cities like New York — growing up in … Read More
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Can you improve community news by opening up your newsroom? City Bureau is trying to find out

I often wonder if the work of making coverage more diverse is falling to the same underserved people newsrooms are trying to give a voice to. Can these communities gently nudge or forcefully push back on parachute journalism — dropping in only when headline-worthy — and have an impact on increasing the number of qualified applicants? Before they even get … Read More
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Will she or won't she? Why Hillary Clinton should take questions at NABJ/NAHJ today

UPDATE: We did receive some additional questions via Twitter just before the start of the event. Today, Hillary Clinton is speaking to a room full of Black and Latinx journalists in Washington, D.C. Clinton's session will be important no matter what she says, but she could decide to make news by holding a formal question-and-answer session with the assembled … Read More
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'Citizen journalists' have become powerful allies in the fight to afflict the comfortable

“Charge your cellphones before you leave home.” It’s become a common refrain on social media as reporters scramble to cover the latest police shootings of Black men: Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on July 5 and Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 6. As has become common, both men were killed while cellphone cameras bore witness. As … Read More
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I'm writing about newsroom diversity. What does that even mean?

Editor's note: This is the first edition of Poynter's column on diversity in journalism, written each week by André Natta and Meredith Clark. I’ve spent the better part of the last month anxiously waiting my turn to write about diversity. The last two weeks have led me to temper that excitement just a little. Writing about diversity is … Read More
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What's in a name? The Guardian gives us another geography lesson

A Guardian correction from August 12 demonstrates why you should be absolutely sure when you use Britain (for either the United Kingdom or the island) or England (for the country): Another common error cropped up when we used Britain instead of England: What we have loved, others will love (page 34, also from 10 August). Hen harriers do breed in … Read More
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Toronto Star shows it's never too late to make a correction

The Toronto Star reminded us on Monday of the importance of making corrections (and verifying statements) -- no matter how long it takes: An article in the Star’s Life section in August 2009 contained statements about the partner of Solomon Christiansen’s mother. The Star fell short of journalistic standards in not seeking verification of those statements before publishing them. The Star … Read More
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