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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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Her newsroom was shut down. Then, she decided to run for Congress

At the end of August, after the news organization she helped launch shut down, Wendy Carrillo rented a red Ford Fiesta and took off on a road trip with Lulu, her Maltese poodle. At Reported.ly, where Carrillo was the West Coast anchor and producer, she covered the pipeline protest at Standing Rock in North Dakota. Now, … Read More
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How The Post and Courier covered the Dylann Roof trial

On Tuesday morning, as they have for so many mornings now, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Berry Hawes and Abigail Darlington walked into Charleston's District Court at 85 Broad Street with the tools they would need to tell the story. Hawes brought her 8.5-by-11-inch yellow notebook and whatever pen she had grabbed from the newsroom. Smith came ready to liveblog with his … Read More
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How Marketplace took on culture, social media and distributed content with one small project

Social cards — images designed for specifically for social media — aren't new. News organizations have been using them to create content and promote their journalism for awhile now. So when Marketplace's Nishat Kurwa took on the idea of social cards for the L.A.-based public media organization, she combined the concepts of distributed content and social promotion. And, … Read More
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Washington Post's Express corrects: 'We erroneously used a male symbol instead of a female symbol'

It's not exactly "Dewey defeats Truman," but the cover of Thursday's Express, The Washington Post's free publication, is a doozy. The cover, which leads with the origins of this year's Women's March on Washington, shows people scattered into a well-known symbol. The problem? It's the wrong symbol. Mid-morning Thursday, Express tweeted an apology: … Read More
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It's time to stop saying 'old media'

This year, I visited six newsrooms. Some had low-ceilinged cubicle mazes with coffee-stained carpets and newsprint towers. Some had quote-covered glass meeting spaces and slick, quiet rooms. At all of them, I found local legacy newsrooms, or "old media" as they're often called, doing the work of digital journalism. In one case, the print product was an afterthought. In another, … Read More
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On today's front pages: Carrie Fisher, 1956-2016

Front pages on Wednesday led with a last salute to actress Carrie Fisher, who died on Tuesday at age 60. Many of the fronts feature images of Fisher in her iconic role as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" franchise. Here's a quick collection, via Newseum: United States: … Read More
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How the Tampa Bay Times took on a complicated story with simple storytelling (and Legos)

Caitlin Johnston and Anthony Cormier spent so much time with a 182-page plan from the Florida Department of Transportation that it became like a bible to them: important, instructive, kind of mysterious and confusing. But the truth that came out of its pages aren't the result of thousands of words of copy. It's revealed, instead, through Legos. Johnston, a transportation … Read More
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Alabama newspapers give away nearly 100 years of history

A few years ago, Alabama Media Group moved its photo archives into one place. Nearly 100 years of negatives from The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times and Mobile's Press-Register were brought to the building that housed the presses in Mobile. It was a reminder, said Michelle Holmes, vice president of content, of what they had. The newspapers started using more … Read More
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On front pages today, 'here lies Aleppo'

News of a broken ceasefire and evacuation in Aleppo, Syria, made a handful of front pages on Wednesday, mostly in Europe. Meanwhile, the United Nations reports that pro-Assad forces killed 81 civilians. Here's a look at a small collection of front pages from around the world, via Newseum. The translation of this … Read More
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A young journalist gathered letters of thanks to Gwen Ifill

News last month of Gwen Ifill's death hit hard for many journalists. Ifill, who was co-host of "PBS NewsHour," was a pioneer in newsrooms and on the television. On Thursday, "PBS NewsHour" shared letters and a video from journalists that Ifill inspired. Reporter Kenya Downs wrote that "women journalists of color offer a special … Read More
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ProPublica isn't planning to expand past Illinois — yet.

Since announcing the creation of ProPublica Illinois, president Richard Tofel has heard from people in other states hoping the nonprofit investigative organization will set up shop in their cities, too. And it might. But first, they have to figure out the prairie state. ProPublica announced Wednesday the creation of ProPublica Illinois, the search for a Chicago-based editor and … Read More
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Front pages show the 75th anniversary of an infamous day

For the 75th anniversary of the bombing at Pearl Harbor, newspapers around the country shared images and stories many Americans no longer remember for themselves. Those front pages led with the story of the attack, personal stories from survivors and memories from their loved ones. Here's a collection via Newseum: … Read More
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New project looks at the biggest stories from the smallest newspapers

Every year, Nigel Jaquiss gets calls from college students who want to talk to him about his Pulitzer Prize for their class projects. It's been more than a decade since he won the Pulitzer for Investigative Reporting, but he likes that people are still interested. So when University of Missouri senior Kelsi Anderson called, Jaquiss shared the story … Read More
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Dallas Morning News continues newsroom pizza chain with cookie delivery

There's a well-documented tradition of journalists sending pizza to their colleagues in other cities amid big, breaking news. It happened in Boston, Baltimore, Charleston and Orlando (Orlando actually got lots of food, including pizza). The Dallas Morning News also had a well-fed newsroom while covering the recent attack on … Read More
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How news organizations are trying to get people to talk, and listen, to each other after the election

Amanda Wills devoted much of the past year to coverage of the presidential election. So when she listened to voicemails left for CNN after Nov. 8, she expected to hear a lot of screaming from both sides. Instead, she heard perspectives she'd never encountered before, ones that taught her not just about CNN's audience, but about the country itself. "For … Read More
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