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Culture guides how your newsroom reacts to everything that comes its way

Here’s something you don’t hear enough: Journalists, you’re doing a good job. Chances are good that you learned a new skill this year and put it into action. Maybe 2016 was the year you started using Snapchat to tell global stories. Perhaps you figured out how to use GIFs, or augmented your reporting with data. It’s also … 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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Shallow coverage of Standing Rock is part of a bigger problem

With the election behind us, journalists are turning their attention to stories that took a back burner ahead of Nov. 8. One of them is a case study in the need for awareness, cultivating diverse sources and understanding the local ramifications of national news: the ongoing protest at Standing Rock Reservation. Suddenly, the intersection of big energy, commerce, and sovereignty … Read More
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Uni-Ball pens, Smirnoff and other things journalists are thankful for right now

Journalists, what are you thankful for this year? Last week, we asked readers to share their gratitudes. Here's what we heard: Ellie Smith, editor of the student newspaper at George Washington University, wrote in to share her thanks: "I'm thankful for independent student newspapers as a training ground for future reporters." Tiffany Esshaki, a staff writer at the … Read More
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Journalists, what are you thankful for this year?

No, seriously. 2016 has given journalists a lot of news that has been tough to cover: A long election, police killings in Dallas, a mass shooting in Orlando and, most recently, the loss of a beloved journalist. There's also been the relentless drip-drip-drip of layoffs and … Read More
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After this election, journalists must take care of themselves

Good morning journalists, and welcome to the rest of your life. You may have spent the past year following one of the candidates day in and day out and only eating when a campaign break allowed you to get a quick bite. You may have spent most of your time in arenas, getting booed by protesters (and coping with … Read More
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What's your newsroom eating that's not election night pizza?

Newsroom pizza is a well-established tradition, as is its place on election night. Two years ago, however, we noticed that not everyone was grabbing a slice while covering the results. If you're eating something other than pizza tonight in your newsroom, snap an image and tweet or email it to us and … Read More
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Here are some easy journalism-themed costume ideas

If you've been too busy covering the 2016 presidential election (or the rest of this crazy year) to think about what to dress up for on Monday, don't worry: We have some easy ideas. With 10 days left until the election, we've thought up some lighthearted ways to create a costume out of the events of a sometimes … Read More
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Broadway’s “The Front Page” offers a rowdy lesson in news history

"The Front Page," Broadway’s star-studded revival of the classic 1928 newspaper comedy, needs two types of reviews: one for general audiences and one for journalists. Since opening night last Thursday, most general reviews have been tepid at best. While critics praise Nathan Lane’s portrayal of profane, domineering Chicago Herald-Examiner editor Walter Burns, otherwise they tend to scald the show. As … Read More
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Meet the man who keeps retired Associated Press staffers connected

Most evenings, Paul Stevens starts pulling things together on his laptop from the couch in his Lenexa, Kansas home. He digs into files where he's saved stories his subscribers sent in, picks a few for the following day, and tunes in and out of whatever's on TV. The next morning, Stevens gets up and, as he did for most of … Read More
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How 2 journalists who've never met in real life became a kidney donor and recipient

Update: Since this story first published, the transplant has been delayed as Michelle Minkoff and her doctors are working to stabilize her red blood cell numbers. Because of that, the date in the lead has changed. You can read more here. In the next few months, Michelle Minkoff and Tiff Fehr plan to meet up in Chicago. They … Read More
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Want more journalists of color? Help pay for their internships.

Internship season — that fall push for applications that often separate the folks working in media from the people with media-related degrees — is now upon us, and with it comes an inflection point. If we want more journalists from diverse backgrounds in our newsrooms, we have to pay to get them there. About half of employers with internship opportunities … Read More
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When reporting on others' trauma, how do we take care of our own?

40 Better Hours is a Poynter project dedicated to improving your workweek. This is the final day of the weeklong series. There are a lot of stresses that come with being a journalist. There's the toll of breaking news and traumatic reporting, the uncertainty of the industry and the exhaustion that comes with being constantly connected. That's why, on … Read More
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WSJ bosses on working together and when to bring in food (always)

One weekend during this crazy news year, the social team at The Wall Street Journal was able to keep up with big news happening from Turkey to Louisiana from their homes thanks to Slack. "Even though a lot of our social team was working from home because it was the weekend and we didn’t expect them to be on duty, … Read More
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Better together: Why collaboration is key in today's newsrooms

40 Better Hours is a Poynter project dedicated to improving your workweek. This is the fourth day of the weeklong series. There's a lesson that we all learn in the workplace at some point: You can’t accomplish much without knowing how to collaborate. Carla Zanoni and Jennifer Hicks work together at The Wall Street Journal. Zanoni is … Read More
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