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Technology in the hands

An introduction to newsroom programming technologies

Newsrooms around the country use code to expand their reporting, create alternative storytelling formats and engage audiences in new ways. Opportunities to enhance newsgathering and publishing with programming skills are significant and growing. So too are the calls to teach Read more

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Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2013

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What journalists need to know about the power of code

This summer I found myself in the middle of a discussion that has been on the mind of many modern journalists: Code.

I joined some fantastic people for a panel during the AEJMC conference in Washington, D.C. The session, organized … Read more

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Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013

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How to write 261 leads in a fraction of a second

If you’re the kind of person who worries about your job when you read about bots writing stories, or who tweets something snarky/dumb after reading something like this, stop.

Just stop.

If a bot can write a better story … Read more

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Monday, Sep. 02, 2013

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5 ways to increase engagement with Facebook’s new page Insights

At some point, probably every Facebook page administrator Googled some variation of the following questions: when is the best time to post on Facebook?; how often should I post on Facebook?; or how can I increase Facebook engagement?

The search … Read more

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Friday, Aug. 30, 2013

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How taxonomies help news organizations understand and categorize their content

News organizations such as the Associated Press, The New York Times and Thomson Reuters are teaching computers to categorize text and images by building robust taxonomies that their systems use to tag news content.

Adding digital information under the … Read more

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Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013

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How to handle personal attacks on social media

We all know social media is a powerful tool that has many professional and personal advantages. Which is why we use it.

But while you do have control over if and how you build your online presence, you typically lack … Read more

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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As brands start building digital newsrooms, what do they need to succeed?

Thanks to social media, we’re getting used to big companies talking directly to us instead of just advertising next to what we’re reading.

When you’re consuming content in a stream — as we do when using Twitter, Facebook or one … Read more

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

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What journalists need to know about responsive design: tips, takeaways & best practices

Phones and tablets have created new ways for audiences to reach our work, but they’ve also made it much harder to design a website that works for all readers. A site that looks great on a laptop might be illegible … Read more

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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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Star Tribune publishes serialized novel in paper, turns it into an e-book

Lynn Liedman wakes up every morning looking for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She’s been a loyal subscriber for years, but it wasn’t until this summer that she really got hooked.

She’s not reading for news. Instead, Liedman eagerly flips to … Read more

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

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How to create effective social-media guidelines

Social media use continues to increase within organizations, yet very few companies have policies giving employees guidance about what to do.

Without such guidance, organizations run the risk that employees will make mistakes in trying to balance the personal and … Read more

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