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One woman was inspired by Death, Sex & Money to create a breakup survival guide for everyone else

Traditionally, we think of fandom as people writing fan fiction about "Star Wars" or "Twilight," or people who sport Quidditch T-shirts or attend Comic-Con. In other words, people who converge around particular fictional TV shows or movies or books, and occasionally remix or transform the content to create entirely new works based on the originals. But there are also fan-created … Read More
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Local Edition: How to train your newsroom when time and money are short

This article originally appeared in Local Edition, our newsletter following the digital transformation of local news. Want to be part of the conversation? You can sign up here. Amy Kovac-Ashley's job is a kind of mix between a therapist and a personal trainer. As senior newsroom learning program manager at the American Press Institute, she … Read More
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Here's why 4 publishers jumped onto Facebook Watch

A year ago, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram launched "Titletown, TX," a real-world version of "Friday Night Lights." Over 20 mini-documentaries, the Star-Telegram followed the Aledo Bearcats as they rebounded from defeat and won a Texas state football championship. When the season came to an end, so did the documentary. But in the past week, "Titletown, TX" saw an unexpected resurgence … Read More
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How are you covering the solar eclipse? This reporter is going camping.

On Friday, Josh Murdock will load his 2006 Jeep Wrangler up with a two-person tent, his mountain bike, two backpacks with clothes, laptops, lots of supplies and all his camera gear. Murdock, a reporter at the Idaho Mountain Express, will miss the newsroom's pancake breakfast on the day of the total solar eclipse. The path of … Read More
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Joseph Lichterman's looking for solutions to journalism's big questions

Joseph Lichterman is a little more than a week into his new job finding solutions for sustainable journalism. But he already has a better sense of the current media landscape than a lot of people. That's because, for more than three years, Lichterman covered the media for Nieman Lab. His new fellowship at The Lenfest Institute for … Read More
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Not sure when the next eclipse is? The New York Times built a calendar for that

Calendars have always been an essential function of newspapers. For centuries, they've appeared in newsprint alongside stories and columns about everything from local theater productions to political rallies. And now The New York Times is bringing them back — just in time for this month's solar eclipse. On Friday, the newspaper soft-launched a new digital calendar that includes … Read More
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The Coral Project talked to more than 150 global newsrooms about building better communities. Here's what it found.

For a lot of news organizations, the comment section is an afterthought or something to be avoided altogether. The Coral Project wants to change that. The organization — a collaborative effort of the Mozilla Foundation, The New York Times and The Washington Post — launched a new product Thursday aimed at giving news publishers a guide for creating and caring for … Read More
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This free tool will help you pause the flood of email with just one click

Ever feel overwhelmed by all that email? This week's tool offers a way to stop it, at least for a bit. Kristen Hare: Hi, Ren! I’m ready for our next tool! And also for my kids to be back in school, but that’s another column. What do you have for us this week? Ren LaForme: I’m going to pull a … Read More
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Jimmy Wales thinks WikiTribune can fix the news. Is he right?

Since Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales announced WikiTribune three months ago, the crowdfunded news platform has attracted some serious support: They've successfully raised money for 10 journalists, moved into a temporary office space in London, and started accepting applications for beta testing. And Wales, who wants to create a community of volunteers to “fix” mainstream news, has attracted a lot of … Read More
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Frédéric Filloux on his new job, digital disruption and the one thing every newsroom should avoid

There are a lot of reasons to dread Mondays: The oncoming tide of emails, getting out of bed early and the rush of (generally unpleasant) news. But Mondays also mean a new post on Monday Note, a Medium blog tracking changes in the publishing industry that's like crack for future-of-news wonks. Monday Note was founded by Frédéric Filloux, a longtime … Read More
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Want readers to start trusting you again? Stop stalking them across the internet

Last year, Steven Englehardt and Arvind Narayanan at Princeton University looked at the top 1 million sites on the internet and found that news organizations generally have more third-party trackers on them than other types of sites. The trackers, they wrote, impede HTTPS adoption, which is offered by less than half of news sites. And the … Read More
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Local Edition: We need to learn how to find the stories no one else is telling.

This piece originally appeared in Local Edition, our newsletter following the digital transformation of local news. Want to be part of the conversation? You can sign up here. Last week, I got an interesting email. Jeff Forward, editor of The Oskaloosa (Iowa) Herald, saw the call for ideas of what people need to learn, how they make … Read More
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This Ohio newsroom is taking on a tough subject in a new way – with a baby shower

Brittany Schock has never organized a baby shower. Until now. It's not a typical baby shower, though. Schock's news organization, Richland Source in Mansfield, Ohio, is holding the grant-funded baby shower to educate mothers, fathers and families in the community about infant mortality and safe sleeping. And like any good shower, those attending on Sept. 9 … Read More
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Want more pageviews? This study found testing new homepage designs could be a good place to start

In a time when Google and Facebook dominate web traffic and publishers are struggling to keep pace, pageviews have never been more important. But how can news organizations compete with the duopoly? Apparently by going back to basics. According to a study conducted by the Engaging News Project — an initiative of the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas, … Read More
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