Posts by Kristen Hare

About Kristen Hare

Kristen Hare covers the media 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.

Front pages tip a hat to Einstein today

Headlines that accompany news of the detection of gravitational waves read like this: "Einstein Was Right: Gravity Ripples Across the Universe as Waves," "Einstein's right again: Scientists detect ripples in gravity," and "Einstein was right: Gravity and government are powerful." Here's a collection of front pages that led with the guy who predicted this … Read More

A Marine-turned-journalist wants to redefine war coverage

Thomas James Brennan was on foot patrol in Afghanistan when a rocket-propelled grenade exploded next to him. It left his mind jumbled. He couldn't quite put the details of what happened that day into place. He was diagnosed with aphasia, a language disorder that's a common symptom of traumatic brain injuries. Then, his therapist handed him a spiral … Read More

Covering Zika? Don't make the same mistakes journalists made with Ebola

When the first case of Ebola hit the U.S. in 2014, it happened to be in a city with a newspaper that had a "subject matter expert." That's a wonky way of saying that Dr. Seema Yasmin is both a reporter for The Dallas Morning News and an epidemiologist who previously worked at the CDC. As … Read More

Journalism is a stressful career, but work doesn't have to be miserable

CareerCast's annual ranking of the most stressful jobs came out Wednesday, and journalism gigs occupied more than one of the top 10 spots for the second year running. This year, broadcaster placed in the eighth spot, and newspaper reporter placed in the ninth spot after an online poll that included 834 self-selected participants. I spoke with … Read More

First lady is 'not an official title' and other tips from AP's 2016 Election Guide

The Associated Press' 2016 Election Guide is out, with reminders on familiar terms and the correct way to use them. For instance: democratic socialism Sen. Bernie Sanders' self-described political leaning, akin to European democratic socialism. first lady Not an official title, always lowercase. press secretary Seldom a formal title and thus lowercase. rank and file (n.), rank-and-file (adj.) … Read More

Why NPR spent Super Bowl 50 tweeting football haikus

Super Bowl 50:From start to end — in haiku.Want to play along? Just use #SuperBowlHaiku — NPR (@NPR) February 7, 2016 If you kept an eye on your second screen last night during Super Bowl 50, at some point, a haiku or two might have crossed your Twitter stream. Read More

Why The Cincinnati Enquirer led today's front with a 6-line memo

Tuesday's front page from The Cincinnati Enquirer leads with a memo. And that memo is at the heart of a special report by the Enquirer's Dan Horn and Sharon Coolidge into Cincinnati's Metropolitan Sewer District. Here's how the story begins: The Metropolitan Sewer District spent as much as $680 million in public money during the past decade with little … Read More

We just read 160 resumes. Here are 10 things you should not do.

Budding journalists, how many places have you applied to this week? Last night? Today? It's a slog. We sympathize with you because we've been there before. Last week, the editorial staff at Poynter read resumes and cover letters from 160 Google News Lab Fellowship applicants. We've had good luck with this position in the past — Poynter's … Read More

'Spotlight' producer on investigative journalism: 'It shows the power to change the world.'

Before working as a producer on "Spotlight," Blye Faust appreciated the work of investigative journalists and the need for investigative reporting. "But I don't think I really fully comprehended the necessity and its reach and depth and power until 'Spotlight,'" she said. The film, which tells the story of Boston Globe journalists discovering a child molestation cover-up in the Catholic … Read More

Remain calm, keep recording and other tips for high-conflict reporting

When the National Press Photographers Association and the University of Georgia's journalism school held a symposium to examine First Amendment issues earlier this month, they didn't want it to be all talk. Instead, they wanted to come away with a solid set of tips that applied to the First Amendment issues raised during the recent protests at the University of … Read More

Al Jazeera America journalists built a site to help co-workers find their next job

Shortly after news dropped that Al Jazeera America was shutting down, journalists on its digital team started a side project. "The Best of Al Jazeera America Digital" showcases the work of journalists there who will soon be unemployed. The site, which is hosted independently, is at least the third high-profile example of journalists helping each … Read More

Another Canadian paper went -30- today

I wrote about the final print edition of Canada's Guelph Mercury on Friday morning and the fitting front the paper offered the community. Had I scrolled Newseum's collection down a bit further, I would have noticed another Canadian paper ran a final edition with a -30- on Friday. Thanks to a commenter on Russ Kendall's "What's Your Plan … Read More