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Posts by Kristen Hare

About Kristen Hare

Kristen Hare covers local news innovation for the Poynter Institute. Her work for Poynter has earned her a Mirror Award nomination. Hare, a graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism, spent 5 years as the Sunday features writer and an assistant editor at the St. Joseph (Missouri) News-Press, and five years as a staff writer covering race, immigration, the census and aging at the St. Louis Beacon. She also spent two years with the Peace Corps in Guyana, South America. Hare and her family live outside Tampa.
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What keeps editors and publishers up at night? We asked.

Worries of impending layoffs, the frustrating search for a viable business model, concerns with all the stories they're missing thanks to smaller newsrooms. Sound familiar? This week, a group of 21 newspapers from around the country spent a few days at Poynter as part of the Local News Innovation program. (Disclosure: That project was funded by the Knight-Lenfest … Read More
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The newsroom pizza chain has hopped the pond

In the last several years, journalists around the United States have covered terrorism, racial violence and other local stories that made national news. And as they have, other newsrooms who've been there have reached out with a simple gesture — food. The tradition usually involves pizza, and it's traveled from Chicago to Boston, from Boston to … Read More
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Local Edition: Stop waiting for your newsroom culture to change itself

This piece originally appeared in Local Edition, our newsletter following the digital transformation of local news. Want to be part of the conversation? You can sign up here. On a job interview years ago, an intern took me on a tour of the building. While we walked, she told me about some of the history. Eventually, she … Read More
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Facebook is testing products to connect its users to local news

As part of its ongoing push to build relationships with local publishers, Facebook is testing products that can help people better connect with local news. Those tests, part of the Facebook Journalism Project, have just begun, but they're all aimed at helping people discover and engage with news outlets in their communities, a Facebook spokesperson … Read More
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This tool tells you when sources try to make quiet changes online

We've talked about a lot of tools in the last few months, and this week I tested one of them out for myself (see the very end.) Have you tested any tools we've talked about? My colleague, Ren LaForme, and I would love to see the results. What new thing are you going to tell us … Read More
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In Philadelphia, 3 newsrooms had to become 1. Now, they're taking on a whole new kind of change

PHILADELPHIA — He wrote and rewrote the memo. Stan Wischnowski, executive editor of the Philadelphia Media Network, knew he had to get the tone right. His managers and editors already went through two phases of reapplications for their jobs. Now, it was the rest of the newsroom’s turn. The idea of posting more than 200 jobs felt daunting. At 4:16 … Read More
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Local Edition: Thinking in print is holding you back from digital

This piece originally appeared in Local Edition, our newsletter following the digital transformation of local news. Want to be part of the conversation? You can sign up here. Earlier this year, before the morning news meeting, Gabriel Escobar scribbled out a list of three words he was banning from those meetings. They were: Weekender Sidebar Sunday story … Read More
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With AP Social Newswire, The Associated Press makes a foray into user-generated content

The Associated Press has become the latest news organization to get into the user-generated content game, announcing on Tuesday the launch of a new service called AP Social Newswire. The new service works with the platform SAM to find, vet and verify content generated by users on social media and elsewhere. AP customers will be able to embed … Read More
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A Minneapolis brewery made a beer to mark the Star Tribune's 150th year

The Minneapolis Star Tribune turns 150 later this month. In honor of that milestone, a Minneapolis brewery made a pale ale in the newsroom's honor. In a press release, Fulton Brewing Company's head brewer, Mike Salo, explains how the beer was made. (And he just might have a future in writing if the whole beer thing falls through.) Extra! Extra! … Read More
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Despite doing more with less, journalists at small newspapers are mostly optimistic, new survey finds

Local journalism has been hit hard in the last decade. That hasn't stopped. But in a survey of more than 400 journalists at newspapers with a circulation of under 50,000, the majority of journalists surveyed expressed optimism about the future. The study, by Christopher Ali and Damian Radcliffe, fellows at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, was … Read More
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This free tool will help make your stories more visual (and shareable)

Journalists are expected to juggle several different skills nowadays. This week's tool, as my colleague Ren LaForme explains, offers an easy and free way to do more. You found a big hit last week, and people were very excited about this tool that accurately transcribes interviews. We kind of shut the site down for awhile, right? Yeah, we … Read More
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The Denver Post is moving the majority of its newsroom outside of Denver

Last Friday, The Denver Post reported it was considering relocating the newsroom from its downtown Denver home to one in nearby Adams County, where the Post's printing facility is located. On Tuesday, Michael Roberts reported for Westword that the decision has already been made. Publisher Mac Tully confirmed the news in a statement, noting that they … Read More
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Local Edition: What newsrooms can learn from schoolrooms

This piece originally appeared in Local Edition, our newsletter following the digital transformation of local news. Want to be part of the conversation? You can sign up here. Justin Aglio’s title at Montour School District in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania includes a word we use a lot in journalism right now. He’s director of innovation. When he … Read More
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