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Posts by Kristen Hare

About Kristen Hare

Kristen Hare covers local news innovation 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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AP style change: Singular they is acceptable 'in limited cases'

For the first time, The Associated Press now permits journalists to use "they" as a singular pronoun. The AP announced the style change Friday at the American Copy Editors Society conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. The change follows years of questions among copy editors, reporters and editors about the use of language specifically about people who are non-binary … Read More
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This video editing app is a good way to use that time you waste on your phone

During the past few weeks, I've talked with my colleague Ren LaForme about two video tools: one for making videos interactive and one for shooting with your phone. We're going to stay with easy things you can do yourself with video for a bit longer. What's our tool this week? The first week we talked about … Read More
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The Texas Tribune is using a Facebook Messenger bot to reach new audiences

Starting this week, people who want to know more about the Texas legislature have a new way to get information: a Facebook Messenger bot named Paige. The Texas Tribune's experiment is named after the legislative pages who run information back and forth, said Amanda Zamora, chief audience officer. "They're your errand person," she said. "...It was sort of a nice … Read More
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Local Edition: What skills do you need to stay in journalism?

This article originally appeared in our weekly newsletter, Local Edition. Are you part of the conversation? Join in here! This week, I talked with two Southern journalists. One's a seasoned pro. The other's in the early stages of her career. Before long, one had advice for the other. "Honestly, and this sucks but I’m gonna say it, you just have to … Read More
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Local Edition: Take your vacation, invest in your staff, acknowledge good work and other tips for avoiding burnout

"Why are you still a journalist?” was a heavy place to start this ongoing conversation, I know. But wherever you are in your career, think back to the people you started with. Are they still around? In 2000, a few weeks after graduating from college, I joined the Peace Corps. There’s no journalism program for Peace Corps volunteers. But I knew … Read More
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This Mississippi paper has 8 times more digital readers than print, so they're cutting print to 3 days a week

Earlier this week, the Hattiesburg American announced a big change: Starting next month, they're cutting print from seven days a week down to three. Nathan Edwards, president of the Hattiesburg American, wrote on Wednesday about the change as a way to build on a digital-first approach to the news. Our research shows subscribers are increasingly choosing to access … Read More
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No budget for big video cameras? Just use your phone (and this app)

Last week, Poynter's Ren LaForme told us about a free and easy tool for making video interactive. We're going to stick with video this week and learn about an app that gives you a lot more shooting power. LaForme and I spoke via Skype. Our conversation was edited for length. What are we learning about this week? So … Read More
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Two Detroit projects get $2.3 million to expand local reporting

The Knight Foundation announced Wednesday $2.3 million in combined funding for two projects aimed at expanding local reporting in the Detroit area. The Detroit Journalism Cooperative, which includes Detroit Public Television, Detroit Public Radio, Michigan Radio, New Michigan Media and the Center for Michigan’s Bridge Magazine, will get $1.48 million "to connect the voices of Detroit’s residents with … Read More
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Since Facebook made Crowdtangle free, more than 150 local newsrooms have adopted it

In November of last year, Facebook bought CrowdTangle. As of March, the tool is being used in 520 local newsrooms, and CrowdTangle expects that number to climb to 600 by April. "I think there are a lot of changes happening in the local news industry right now," said CrowdTangle CEO Brandon Silverman. That's been true in print for … Read More
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Local Edition: '...Local journalism scares the sh*t out of me right now'

Hey, it’s boss week here at Local Edition. This week, we’re going to spend a little time with a Florida editor who doesn’t fit many molds (started as a designer, doesn’t care for sandy beaches, etc.) As a reminder, this is week three in our four-week conversation about why we’re still in journalism. (You can … Read More
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Is it time for a new definition of local news?

Christopher Ali has spent a lot of time thinking about the future of local news. Ali, an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, is a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University who's almost done with a report on the future of small newspapers with co-author Damian Radcliffe. He's also … Read More
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Want to make video interactive? Try this simple tool

Poynter's Ren LaForme has spent a lot of time with digital tools (the things you use to create new things, not the online know-it-alls). (OK, Maybe both.) As we look at the big ideas that explain what local journalism needs to evolve, we want to look at the small ideas, too. Tools seem like a good place to start. So, … Read More
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5 questions with Benét Wilson, the Aviation Queen

This profile initially appeared in The Cohort, Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. If you’ve attended many journalism conferences, you’ve probably run into Benét Wilson. She is a capital-B boss — as a business woman, a leader in journalism organizations and a mentor for young journalists. Wilson covered education, economic development and … Read More
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Matt DeRienzo on how local independent online news is kind of like craft beer

When Matt DeRienzo started working with Local Independent Online News Publishers two years ago, he thought the local news business had hit the bottom of cuts and layoffs. He was wrong. Cuts have continued at newsrooms around the country, leaving fewer journalists covering local news. Meanwhile, LION, an organization created to connect local independent online news outfits with each other, … Read More
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