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For nonprofits, mission is key to employee morale

The headquarters of The Lens, an independent nonprofit newsroom, is a small, no-frills facility in an uptown New Orleans industrial park. Instead of windows, there are glass doors protected by burglar bars. The office modem awkwardly dangles above the toilet. The furniture is a mix of plastic folding tables, worn chairs and mismatched lamps bought from thrift stores. The … Read More
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Fun at work is tougher than it looks

Earlier this month, we spent an entire week at Poynter focused on the topic of fun at work. The concept was born out of a conversation during a work trip. It was the kind of idea that seems interesting but would require a lot of work, the type that often gets thrown around and rarely sees follow-through. But this idea … Read More
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Diversity has to be intentional and other lessons from Feministing

Two white women started the popular feminist news and commentary site Feministing in 2004. Sisters Jessica and Vanessa Valenti started the site when they did a Google search for "young feminists" and found little more than a defunct NOW page. They believed that the intersection of race, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities was … Read More
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Why I always play music during writing workshops

The most fun I have as a teacher is when I can incorporate music into writing instruction. (Photo by Armondo Solares) I was 46 years old, and my life and time were filled by three pursuits: teaching writing, coaching girls soccer and playing in a rock band. My imagination was born, or reborn, that year in 1994. 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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Today in Media History: Hindenburg explodes and a reporter cries out, 'Oh, the humanity'

On May 6, 1937, the German airship Hindenburg exploded over Lakehurst, New Jersey after a flight from Germany. A reporter for Chicago radio station WLS described the accident, "It burst into flame and it's falling....this is terrible, this is one of the worst catastrophes in the world....oh, the humanity." The front page of the Mount Carmel (Pennsylvania) Item: … Read More
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Today in Media History: 1953 Pulitzer winners included Ernest Hemingway

One year before Ernest Hemingway won a Nobel Prize, he was awarded a Pulitzer. The prizes were announced on May 4, 1953, and the news media soon reported that Hemingway's book, "The Old Man and the Sea," earned the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. (Trivia question: How many times are newspapers mentioned in the book? The old man … Read More
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Today in Media History: In 2011, Twitter broke the news of Osama bin Laden’s death

Were you following Twitter four years ago today? On May 1, select journalists received simple, three-word e-mails from the White House: "Get to work." The President had an announcement to make, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said. Almost immediately, speculation of the news erupted on Twitter, and many zeroed in on a possible Osama bin Laden … Read More
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Today in Media History: News reports described the end of the Vietnam War

Although United States military involvement officially stopped in 1973, it was South Vietnam's surrender on April 30, 1975 that marked the end of the Vietnam War. The news media first began reporting on U.S. involvement in Vietnam during the late 1950s. And the press was there when the war ended in 1975 as North Vietnamese forces … Read More
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Today in Media History: Wall Street Journal launched its first full online site in 1996

On April 29, 1996, The Wall Street Journal launched its first full online news site. It was called "The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition." The newspaper had earlier experimented with an online dialup service and a money & investing website. They described their new site in a story titled, "The Wall Street Journal Launches Interactive Edition": … Read More
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Today in Media History: News apps were still years away when iTunes opened in 2003

The Apple iTunes music store opened for Mac users on April 28, 2003. iTunes for Windows was released a few months later in October 2003. On July 11, 2008, Apple’s iTunes App store opened with 500 third-party applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. By the end of 2009 there would be more than 100,000 applications available. The … Read More
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