Kristen Hare


BuzzFeed launches open-source news lab

Wired | BuzzFeed

On Wednesday, BuzzFeed announced a new project, “BuzzFeed Open Lab For Journalism Technology and the Arts.” The lab has been in development for the last six months and will be based in San Francisco, writes Mat Honan, BuzzFeed News’ San Francisco bureau chief:

When you think about media experiments, you probably think about advertising models or paywalls or, more recently, partnerships with companies like Facebook or Snapchat. But those kind of media experiments are deeply boring to pretty much everyone who doesn’t depend on ads for a paycheck. The logic of this new lab is: screw it, let’s fly drones. Drones with lasers. And more to the point: let’s build drones with lasers and show everyone how to make them too. We want to push the envelope.

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Note to self: WNYC’s tech podcast has a new name and it’s Note to Self


Courtesy WNYC

Courtesy WNYC

On Wednesday morning, WNYC’s tech podcast New Tech City announced it has a new name – Note to Self. It came about, host Manoush Zomorodi wrote, from listener suggestions.

As I went through all the suggestions, a theme emerged: we’re on a search for balance in the digital age. In no uncertain terms, you told me you listen to our show because you’re interested in “purposeful use of technology.”

You may have already been introduced to this concept with Melody Kramer’s debut column for Poynter on the WNYC’s clever campaign to reintroduce boredom into our lives – Bored and Brilliant.

The newsletter portion of the project is what really caught my eye — because it is really, really smart. As NPR’s Social Sandbox recently put it, “They’re getting new subscribers for their newsletter and engaging those subscribers with an email welcome that’s specific to their point of entry to the newsletter.

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Knight Foundation’s Eric Newton headed for ASU

USA Today | Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Eric Newton will become innovation chief of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. USA TODAY’s Rem Rieder reported the news on Tuesday.

Eric Newton is leaving the Knight Foundation, where he has long championed — and funded — journalism innovation, to become Cronkite’s innovation chief. The idea, says the school, which has a wide array of professional programs including digital news bureaus in Phoenix, Washington and Los Angeles and an entrepreneurial innovation lab, is to “serve as a test bed for news industry innovations and experimentation.”

Eric Newton, submitted photo.

Eric Newton, submitted photo.

In a press release, the Cronkite School of Journalism reports that Newton will continue advising the Knight Foundation. Read more

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Memorial Day front pages are ‘In their honor’

Here’s a collection of front pages via Newseum from around the U.S. honoring veterans on Memorial Day Weekend. As you’ll see, some focus on veterans today, some on the those from past wars and some on the impact those veterans have had on the community.

From Sunday:

The Anniston Star, Anniston, Alabama:

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Ontario, California:

The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Illinois:

Palladium-Item, Richmond, Indiana:

The Town Talk, Alexandria, Louisiana:

The Sun Chronicle, Attleboro, Massachusetts:

The Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon:

The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, Tennessee:


From Monday:

Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Alabama:

The Orange County Register, Santa Ana, California:


Fort Collins Coloradoan, Fort Collins, Colorado:

Honolulu Star Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaii:

Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois:

The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa:

The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Kansas:

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky:

Boston Herald, Boston, Massachusetts:

Omaha World-Herald, Omaha, Nebraska:

Newsday, Long Island, New York:

The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee:

The Virginian-Pilot:

The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington:


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This week on Medium: 6 media stories you may have missed

Links shared in Poynter’s internal Slack channel are quite frequently from Medium and almost always about journalism and media (although sometimes not.) So this week, we’re trying something new and gathering them up here. Throughout the week, let me know what you’re reading on Medium and we’ll try to include it next Friday, if we try this again. Here are six things about journalism from Medium this week (with thanks to Ren LaForme and Vidisha Priyanka for helping curate.)

Lessons on using WhatsApp for publishing — an election experience

On May 18, Paul Bradshaw wrote about how students at Birmingham City University used WhatsApp for election updates during the U.K.’s recent election.

Frankly… they nailed it. In the process they learned a lot, so I thought I’d share some of the things that came up throughout the process — as well as the experiences of the person responsible for the Mirror‘s political WhatsApp account in the week leading up to the election.

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The Arizona Republic is 125 years old. Here are 3 ways it’s now connecting with the community

When Michael Meister started at the Arizona Republic in 1984, the only place his photos showed up were in the newspaper. Now and then, Meister would see someone pick up the paper “and I would think, ‘oh my, they’re looking at my picture.’… That was the only feedback that I got back from the reader.”

Tuesday, May 19, marked the Arizona Republic’s 125th anniversary. In that time a lot has obviously changed. Even in Meister’s 31 years, a lot has changed.

The Republic, like all Gannett papers, went through a reorganization last year. And some of the changes they made have been successful. Compared with last April, the Republic’s social media referrals are up 232 percent, said Nicole Carroll, vice president, news and executive editor. Read more

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Storify’s Burt Herman: ‘The Web has not been around for that long’


Storify co-founder Burt Herman spoke with MIT Media Lab’s Matt Carroll in a piece for Medium about the future of media and why journalists should think of themselves as community organizers.

On Thursday, Hacks/Hackers, which Herman founded, announced a partnership with the News Lab at Google to create a series of events for media entrepreneurs. Hacks/Hackers Connect begins next month with an event in Berlin. Carroll asked Herman about what he’d learned from launching Storify, a tool for collecting media across the Web to tell stories, and Hacks/Hackers, which brings together journalists and developers.

Very different things. One lesson from both would be the power of brand, mission and story. If you have a strong brand and sympathize with and feel a sense of mission, and also have a good story of why you brought something into being, that is very powerful.

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110 photojournalists run National Geographic’s Instagram account

Three years ago, National Geographic started an Instagram feed. Now, it has close to 7,000 images, more than 19 million followers and recently reached its billionth like.

But guess who’s running the account? Not a social media manager, not an editor, not someone from marketing.

It’s the photojournalists — 110 of them. They each have the password. They try and give each other about an hour between posts. And they’re curating images from assignments, their lives, their travels and anything else that they choose.

“We’ve taken a completely different approach than most people when we started it,” said Sarah Leen, director of photography at National Geographic. “The idea was to give the photographers this opportunity to have a place to display the work they were doing for us or even the work they were just doing.”

It’s not a place to sell magazines or photos, she said. Read more


Hacks/Hackers and the News Lab at Google team up

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Hacks/Hackers announced a new partnership with the News Lab at Google on Thursday called Hacks/Hackers Connect. It’s “an international program designed for media entrepreneurs,” according to a press release, and will begin with a series of events designed to bring journalists and developers together starting in Berlin on June 27.

Hacks/Hackers, “a global grassroots network of journalists, technologists, designers and businesspeople,” started in San Francisco in 2009 and the nonprofit now has more than 60 local groups. According to the press release, board members include Rich Gordon from Northwestern University, Jenny 8. Lee from Plympton, Aron Pilhofer from The Guardian, Burt Herman from Storify and Chrys Wu from The New York Times.

From the release:

“This partnership grew out of a series of ongoing conversations we have been having with Hacks/Hackers,” said Steve Grove, Director of the News Lab at Google, “We asked ourselves how we might work together to better support the media startup ecosystem and empower more successful media entrepreneurs.

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Top 10 (OK, it’s just 5) front pages for David Letterman’s last show

Wednesday night marks the finale of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” and today you’ll find many tributes, from a list of Letterman’s 10 most-watched shows to a look at comedians who appeared on the show before making it big. A handful of newspapers also led Wednesday with Letterman tributes. Here they are, via Newseum.

In Chicago, RedEye went with young Letterman:


Express led with a more current illustration of Letterman:


A.M. New York offered thanks:


USA Today led with a top 10 list of its own:


And The (Muncie, Indiana) Star Press led with what Letterman meant for the community:


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