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Posts by Katie Hawkins-Gaar and Ren LaForme

About Katie Hawkins-Gaar and Ren LaForme

Katie Hawkins-Gaar is Poynter's Digital Innovation Faculty. Ren LaForme is an Interactive Learning Producer. They're both passionate about newsroom culture, innovation, strategy and other geeky journalism things. Katie and Ren are currently leading Poynter's 40 Better Hours project.
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25 ideas nonprofit newsrooms can't afford to ignore

Diversify revenue streams. Train from within. Make the most of metrics. Sometimes the simplest ideas can be the most effective. A small group from Poynter visited a dozen nonprofit and for-profit news organizations in 2015 to gather information to share at this week's Nonprofit News Exchange. Here are 25 ideas, observed at many of the places we visited, that anyone … Read More
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Being miserable at work isn’t working: 7 reasons to have a little fun

Newsrooms don't have to be depressing places, we promise. (Photo by Eric Gay/AP) Newsrooms have a long reputation for being unhappy, antagonistic workplaces. The massive downsizings since the mid-2000s and uncertainty about the future of the industry haven’t helped much. Journalists in the United States are “less satisfied with their work,” and “much more likely to … Read More
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