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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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Email's the worst. How do you wade through your inbox?

The messages pile up fast. There are pitches from P.R. people, Google invites to meetings, special one-day-only sales at Macy's. Too often there's the boggy reply-all. Email often feels like a wild place that we're just doing our best to tame a bit each day. Today, Katie Hawkins-Gaar took on the endless emails and meetings in day two … Read More
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Nearing burnout? Here are 4 tips from WNYC's Manoush Zomorodi on staying sane

Part of being a journalist is being on call, always aware of what's happening. "I think if that is your job, it is more important than ever to be incredibly strict with yourself when you are off that you recharge," said WNYC's Manoush Zomorodi. Zomorodi is the host of WNYC's podcast, "Note to Self." In it, she takes … Read More
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Gallup: Trust in media is at all-time low

Journalists have taken fire from candidates and their surrogates this year as the election approaches, and some of that criticism seems to have stuck. In Gallup's annual poll measuring Americans' trust in mass media, just 32 percent of those surveyed said they had "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of trust in the media, down eight percentage points … Read More
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Can you improve community news by opening up your newsroom? City Bureau is trying to find out

I often wonder if the work of making coverage more diverse is falling to the same underserved people newsrooms are trying to give a voice to. Can these communities gently nudge or forcefully push back on parachute journalism — dropping in only when headline-worthy — and have an impact on increasing the number of qualified applicants? Before they even get … Read More
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Ever wish work was better? This week is for you

Being a journalist is tough. Some days, the breaking news and tragic stories never seem to stop. It’s no fun landing on the worst jobs list year after year. Newsrooms are operating with fewer resources than ever before. And there’s tremendous uncertainty about the future of the news industry. Some of these issues are a reality of the profession. Read More
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Want to create a diverse newsroom? Think outside the 'pipeline'

If relationships are key to keeping people with different backgrounds in the newsroom, it’s community that’s essential to finding them in the first place. Journalism, like technology, has bemoaned its "pipeline problem" for years. The common complaint is that there aren’t enough qualified people coming to the field through the primary recruitment routes: j-school and internship programs. But attributing a … Read More
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One idea for what to do with all those comments: Embroidery

Hannah Wise recently found a new side project in the comments section. Actually, fellow Dallas Morning News journalists Claire Cardona found the comment. Wise turned it into art. It came after the story of a death that took place on a Sunday. One of the comments included the line "dead has no days off." Wise made a pattern and … Read More
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Dear men: Stop disrespecting women photographers in the field

"I can confidently say that the majority of times I engage with a male photographer, he will impose his work on me and lavish me with his wisdom or suggestions for compositions without showing any interest in my photography."

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How my out-of-office reply became national news

"When you write, everything is literature. Your grocery list. The note to your wife. The email to your mom. Your out-of-office reply. If it's going to be read by someone, you owe it to them to make it worth their time."

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Journalism's lack of diversity threatens its long-term future

"Everyone in the industry acknowledges these issues in the same resigned how-will-this-ever-change tones. To become a journalist it clearly helps to be well educated, well connected and wealthy, so it’s not difficult to see why the public perceive us much like politicians: all the same and out of touch."

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