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Posts by Shanna DiNobile

About Shanna DiNobile

Online Community Manager

Shanna DiNobile is the Online Community Manager at the Poynter Institute. Shanna facilitates rich conversation by creating and cultivating a community of lifelong learners within Poynter’s audience of journalists, bloggers, communications professionals, and social media users.
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In a town full of news, here's how BillyPenn chooses its stories (and competes with everyone else)

Philadelphia is a great news town. There’s The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, Philly.com and several other news organizations besides. So how does BillyPenn, a mobile-first newsroom that caters to a millennial audience, stand out? The short answer, from editor Chris Krewson: “We experiment a lot at BillyPenn.” Krewson joined us for a Q-and-A on Poynter’s … Read More
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3 tips for covering sexual violence with compassion

Twenty percent of the population will experience sexual violence during their lifetimes, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Covering those crimes requires nuanced reporting, respect for sexual assault survivors and concern for one’s own mental wellness. Here are three tips from Poynter’s News University on the proper way to approach stories about sexual violence: Allow … Read More
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We asked these journalists to compare their job titles with their actual duties. There was a huge difference

Job titles can be boring. Digital Features Editor? More like Immersive Storytelling Genius. Product Manager? Try Cheerleader. As journalists strive to do more with less, job titles should say more too. During this year’s Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, we asked participants to compare their titles to their day-to-day duties. Their formal titles are … Read More
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Want to learn how to write and edit like a pro? We have a summit for you

Jacqui Banaszynski and Tom Huang are pros. Huang spent 20 years as a beat and enterprise reporter in metro newsrooms and now is assistant managing editor for features and community engagement at The Dallas Morning News. Banaszynski won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing and was a newspaper reporter and editor for more … Read More
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How writing a Pulitzer Prize-winning story is like eating a big slice of pizza

For Diana Sugg, writing a big story is a little bit like eating a slice of pizza. Don't try to bite off more than you can chew at the beginning, said Sugg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor at The Baltimore Sun. Start with the small end. The slice — and the story — gets wider the farther in you go. At the beginning, … Read More
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