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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Chicago reporter leaves the anchor seat for the driver's seat

After his last day on air at Chicago's WMAQ, Anthony Ponce shared a video on Facebook about his new gig. "Four months ago, I took a second job," text at the bottom of his video reads. "A job as a driver. A driver for Lyft. Yes, those pink mustache cars." Ponce is leaving the newsroom, but he still plans … Read More
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AP's Rio style guide: Olympiad is confusing, 'best to avoid...'

The Associated Press published a timely style guide Monday ahead of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The games, which begin on Aug. 5, are not synonymous with the word Olympiad, for instance. Best to avoid as the term can be confusing. It is not a synonym for the Olympics. It is a period of … Read More
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How The New York Times solved a mystery with the help of Facebook Live

On a blustery Sunday in May, The New York Times' Deborah Acosta bent down and picked up a piece of a mystery on a New York City sidewalk. Acosta had recently been reassigned to Times' Facebook Live team. Her new focus: the city. "So I think my eyes were especially peeled that weekend," Acosta said. When she came across Kodachrome … Read More
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Actually, maybe these are the best newsroom cakes ever

Caking, in case the term is new to you, is the tradition of sharing cake in the newsroom to tell someone goodbye. As layoffs and consolidation transform the news industry, we've seen some clever cakes over the years — face cakes, front-page cakes, photo cakes. But the cake the Poynter-owned Tampa Bay Times gave Chris Davis, deputy managing editor … Read More
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How The Miami Herald is getting to know its audience again

MIAMI — On the outside, the headquarters of the Miami Herald looks like any building in any part of town filled with wide warehouses, beige office plazas and chain restaurants. Inside, though, the values of the Herald are written on the walls. Really. On one teal green wall in slim white letters: "Publish! Journalistic cowardliness is as evil as censorship." … Read More
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The Dallas Morning News runs front-page editorial: 'Where to begin?'

The Dallas Morning News offered a preview Saturday night of the Sunday front page following the deaths of five Dallas police officers at a protest on Thursday. This is the first time The Dallas Morning News has run a front-page editorial since September 12, 2001, said Robyn Tomlin, the managing editor of the Morning News. Via … Read More
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The newsroom food chain continues to Dallas

After covering big tragedies in their cities, most newspaper journalists can reliably expect one thing: other newsrooms are going to send them food. Often, journalists in those other newsrooms have worked in similar circumstances. On Friday, The Dallas Morning News joined the newsroom food chain. List of newsrooms that have offered to buy meals for … Read More
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How The Dallas Morning News went from covering a protest to reporting on a deadly shooting

G.J. McCarthy thought the protest was wrapping up Thursday night in Dallas. It had been peaceful. He'd captured great moments on video, including people in passing cars slowing to offer protesters fist bumps. So when gunfire that would eventually take the lives of five Dallas police officers began, McCarthy, a photojournalist for The Dallas Morning News, thought it … Read More
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Fusion now has a shark beat

Fusion announced a new beat last week through an internal memo to its staff: sharks. Filmmaker and activist Madison Stewart will add her work to Fusion's "Project Earth," a multi-platform story devoted to oceans, climate change, extinction and food sustainability. "There are topics that are important in our society today, and many media outlets dedicate someone specifically … Read More
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From triage to trust: Jane McDonnell on what's changed in journalism during her 8-year run at ONA

Jane McDonnell's first week as executive director of the Online News Association coincided with the 2008 ONA conference in Washington, D.C. She remembers seeing two distinct mentalities: "On one side, those who only heard journalism's death rattle and on the other, the revolutionaries, champing at the bit to move forward." The next year, at ONA's conference in San Francisco, you … Read More
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How more than 60 newspapers and 1 bearded reporter are pushing for action in Illinois

The final days of reporter Chris Kaergard's life as a heavily bearded man might be near, "and I cannot tell you how excited I am about that," said Kaergard, a political reporter for the (Peoria, Illinois) Journal Star. "In the summer, this is like wearing a sweater on my face." Kaergard started growing his beard more than a year ago … Read More
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Front pages show toll of the Istanbul airport attack

Tuesday's attack at Istanbul's Atatürk airport has killed 41 people and left more than 230 injured, according to the BBC. That news made front pages around the world on Wednesday. Here's a collection, beginning with newspapers from Turkey, via Newseum and Kiosko. Editor's note: Some of these front pages contain graphic images. Read More
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The Washington Post is launching a crowdsourced Black history project on Tumblr

The Washington Post thinks it might have one solution to a recurring problem for major news organizations: How can you take a local story (a museum exhibit opening, say) and make it relevant to a national audience? On Sept. 24, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opens on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Read More