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Should your newsroom act more like a startup?

The news that Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes decided to sell The New Republic got me thinking about all of the established news organizations I've worked with in the past few years, and what all of them have in common: Like The New Republic, they're trying to become something else. Some are trying to become "digital-first." Or "audience-focused." Or "platform neutral." … Read More
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This journalism Christmas card is a copy editor's nightmare

It isn't enough that copy editors have to spend the runup to Christmas deleting hackneyed holiday ledes from stories about seasonal recipes and gift exchanges. Now, they're sending out yuletide cards that offer a festive reminder of all the ulcer-inducing errors they're bound to fix. Copy editors at The Times of London (or sub editors, for our brethren across … Read More
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Words journalists write that no one ever says, 2015 edition

Looks like we missed some words last time. (Deposit photos) A tweet this week from my friend and former colleague Andrew Beaujon reminded me of a story we worked on last year. "Stymie" is such a classic headline word pic.twitter.com/vumW5LiEjj — Andrew Beaujon (@abeaujon) November 12, 2015 Beaujon, now a … Read More
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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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