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.
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We're starting to see a new blueprint for reinventing legacy newsrooms

On Friday, a New York Times' memo noted some big changes coming to the news organization that has, in the last few years, spoken internally and externally about digital adaptation. Many of the changes recommended by The New York Times are changes to workflow that are already being implemented at news organizations, both large … Read More
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Digital news organization style guide

One of the first things reporters at Poynter learn is to bookmark Matt Thompson's newspaper style guide. While you might not notice if the "The" is capitalized in a news organization's name, people who work there do (and they'll let us know). More importantly, it's our house style to refer to news organizations by the names they prefer, … Read More
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Code Switch wants its new podcast to be a discussion about race​, not a seminar

When Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby went to Bluefield State College in Bluefield, West Virginia in 2013, they wrote longform stories about the country's Whitest historically Black college, they produced a six-minute radio piece and they did a Reddit AMA. But still, they had so much leftover reporting. A podcast would have been the perfect … Read More
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ONA16 offers more for broadcasters and lots of ways to learn about VR

The Online News Association announced on Thursday the first sessions on the schedule of its annual conference. This year's conference, held Sept. 15 to 17 in Denver, includes offerings for broadcasters, sessions on virtual reality and practical lessons for developing new skills. "We consistently receive feedback that the most valuable sessions at ONA conferences have a … Read More
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Top journalists offer graduation advice: Don't let ambition warp you

Commencement speeches can often be filled with worn-out cliches (which might be tiresome to listen to but can be fun if you're playing commencement speech BINGO). But every year, there's also some solid, good and even inspiring advice based on what the speakers, in this case journalists, have experienced. Last week, we crowdsourced a commencement speech … Read More
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Here's what 3 high school seniors learned from working with editors at The Atlantic

Three high school seniors recently got something a lot of professional journalists will never get — a good edit from an editor at The Atlantic. On Tuesday, The Atlantic and College Board announced the winner and finalists of their second annual writing prize. This year's essay contest asked high school seniors to interpret a work of art. The contest got … Read More
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How CNNMoney is getting to know its audience

When controversies about Facebook started making the news recently, staffers at CNNMoney knew quickly it was a topic their audience was very interested in. How? A tool they built told them. "We knew that they were hungry for that," said Leezel Tanglao, assistant managing editor of programming, "and we saw it surging." That notice came from the proprietary tool, … Read More
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Journalists are (mostly) really excited about the possibility of an extra 23 characters on Twitter

On Monday, Bloomberg reported that Twitter may soon not count links and images toward the 140 character limit: The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person who asked not to be named because the decision isn’t yet public. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them. The company declined to comment. Read More
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Advice for this year's journalism graduates, from the journalism industry

Earlier this week, we asked journalists what advice they'd give this year's class of journalism school graduates. Through Facebook and Twitter, we've collected your comments and cobbled them into our own crowdsourced commencement speech. The words in bold are ours, the rest came from our readers. If it helps, read this sitting in the hot sun surrounded by … Read More
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ProPublica's Sisi Wei on teaching journalists to code: It's 'just like learning a foreign language'

Sisi Wei's career as an investigative journalist and developer has been "both straightforward and crazy at the same time," she said. It's a path she figured out on her own, cobbling together design and graphics internships and jobs on her way to becoming a news apps developer at ProPublica. In a way, she's now helping other journalists do the same … Read More
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What's your advice for new j-school grads?

When Cokie Roberts spoke at a commencement ceremony Saturday, the NPR and ABC News commentator voiced the question she imagined many parents in the auditorium were thinking. "...I suspect that some of you were probably distressed when you discovered that your offspring were choosing journalism school," Roberts said at the commencement for University of North Carolina at Chapel … Read More
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St. Louis County settles with 4 journalists arrested in Ferguson

Correction: An earlier headline said St. Louis City and county settled. The settlement is with St. Louis County. We apologize for our error. St. Louis County's police department has settled a lawsuit from four journalists who were arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, according to a press release from the law firm Squire Patton Boggs. Ryan Devereaux, Lukas Hermsmeier, Ansgar … Read More
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By making content just for Apple News, The Washington Post is hoping to offer a doorway to its wider coverage

While covering February's Iowa Caucuses on Apple News, The Washington Post focused on explanatory journalism, telling users what the returns meant and what was coming up next. Given the number of primaries and candidates early on, this turned into a weekly feature, said David Merrell, The Post's senior mobile product manager. On Monday, the Post announced plans to turn its … Read More
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Adriane Ohanesian named winner of Anja Niedringhaus photojournalism award

Adriane Ohanesian is the second recipient of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. The award, from The International Women’s Media Foundation, was named in honor of Associated Press photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, who died while reporting in Afghanistan in 2014. In 2005, IWMF gave Niedringhaus the Courage in Journalism Award. Ohanesian is a freelance photojournalist whose work has … Read More