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Posts by Gurman Bhatia

About Gurman Bhatia

I report, write and produce interactives for Poynter.org as the institute's 2015 Google Journalism Fellow. Tweet me @gurmanbhatia or email at gbhatia@poynter.org.
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What should you call your next media company? Find out using our tronc name generator

On Thursday, Tribune Publishing provoked an avalanche of social media pushback when it announced it was changing the name of its company to tronc (lowercase) to reflect its ongoing transformation strategy. Since then, journalists have lampooned the name, the decision to render it in lowercase and wondered what the rebrand might mean for the company's journalists. Read More
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Virtual reality news is becoming a reality in many newsrooms

A story doesn't POINT you there, it PUTS you there. In a sense, a story is a form of transportation. It lifts you from where you are reading and carries you to another time and another place. Roy Peter Clark may not have been thinking about virtual reality when he wrote about the differences between a story and a … Read More
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What's the media obsession with Donald Trump? Ratings.

Tom Cawthon / Poynter The media keeps covering Trump because that's what people are watching said political analyst Ana Navarro. On Thursday night, Ana Navarro, the political commentator on CNN and ABC's "The View," joined Tampa Bay Times Political Editor Adam Smith for a community conversation at The Poynter Institute. The discussion that was centered around the upcoming elections … Read More
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AP announces the formation of a new branded content department

The Associated Press AP announced the formation of a new branded content department on Wednesday. Named AP Content Services, the multimedia department will use video, photo and other storytelling techniques for creating packages for brands. The department exists independent of the newsroom and does not involve any editorial staff. According to Paul Caluori, Global Director of AP Digital … Read More
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The Slack bot trend continues, this time with Al Jazeera English

When the Virginia shooting happened last week, the staff at Al Jazeera English didn't get the news from a wire service. It wasn't Twitter either. Instead, they got an alert on Slack. That’s right, Slack, the trendy real-time messaging app that has quickly become ubiquitous in so many newsrooms. Al Jazeera has a custom bot that is constantly … Read More
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Here’s who is and isn’t redacting the explicit NY Daily News front

Many publications are blurring or otherwise redacting today's controversial New York Daily News front showing three stills from the chilling first-person video of the murder of two journalists. The ethics of using the stills, which have been widely criticized on social media, have been debated among journalists because of their graphic nature. Kelly McBride, Poynter's vice president … Read More
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How some publications are dealing with WDBJ shooting footage

Screen shot, BuzzFeed The on-air shooting of WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward has sparked a debate - should publications be sharing the graphic video of the shooting? Al Tompkins of Poynter says that "it depends." It depends on why you are using the video and how you will use it and how long you … Read More
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Poynter, Google, SPJ partner to provide digital training for newsrooms

In a bid to train journalists in digital tools, The Poynter Institute is partnering with Google and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) to train 10 professionals, who will then teach journalists how to best use Google tools. The training will take place on August 31 and September 1 at the Poynter Institute. These professionals will then go … Read More
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ProPublica receives $2.2 million from Knight Foundation to expand audience engagement efforts

The Knight Foundation announced Thursday that it would be providing ProPublica with $2.2 million in funding. The money will be aimed toward helping the investigative non-profit improve on an existing crowdsourcing platform, in addition to offering a two-week training program for journalists. ProPublica will offer training to 10 to 12 people through a two-week Knight-ProPublica Summer Institute next year. It … Read More
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Newspaper and museum combine forces to recreate WWII photo

Lynn Jauchler Martin was eight years old when Japan surrendered during World War II. To celebrate the victory, she and her family joined a parade in New Orleans. Oscar J. Valeton Sr., a staff photographer from The Times-Picayune, captured what would become an iconic moment from the parade: Several joyous faces beaming as smoke from burning tires billowed in … Read More
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Knight-VICE Innovators Fund winner: In Africa, 'We need our own BuzzFeed, our own Huffington Post...'

When Farahnaz Mohammed started her fellowship at the Northwestern University's Knight Lab, Joe Germuska, the lead at the lab, asked her, "If you could pick one thing that you can do about journalism, what would you pick?" She had an idea - she wanted to build a network for journalists from developing countries. Starting January 2016, Mohammed will spend … Read More
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How Mic crowdsourced questions for its first presidential interview

When Sam Grossberg arrived at his workplace in Tel Aviv, Israel, someone at the office suggested he ask President Obama a question. Days later, footage of an exchange between him and the president began playing on Israeli television networks. How did Grossberg, a manager at a finance firm, get a question to Obama half a world away? A … Read More
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Star Tribune sports reporter comes forward with accusations of sexual harassment

Minneapolis Star Tribune Days after University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague resigned from his position amid claims of sexual harassment, a reporter for the nearby Minneapolis Star Tribune has come forward with her own harrowing story. In an account corroborated by the newspaper, Star Tribune sports reporter Amelia Rayno on Tuesday recalled being harassed by Teague … Read More
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How newsrooms are using machine learning to make journalists' lives easier

Much of what many journalists do every day doesn't involve gathering news. Just consider the typical process for publishing a story: The reporter reports, writes (or produces) the content, and the editor makes suggestions for revision. Then comes fact-checking and proofreading and other processes focused on polishing the copy. After that are processes geared toward presenting and distributing the … Read More
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Meet the 17-year-old who breaks cybersecurity news

William Turton was transcribing interviews at The Daily Dot office when he got information that Planned Parenthood's website had been hacked. It was 8:22 p.m. on a Sunday evening. He started reporting. Around six hours later, he got another tip that New York Magazine's website was facing a cyber attack. He jumped on that … Read More
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