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With a mini-documentary, live interviews and user-friendly interactives, The Washington Post just showed the world how to launch an investigation

The Washington Post may not yet be Americans' newspaper of record, but after its publication of groundbreaking revelations about Russia's meddling in the 2016 election Friday, it's certainly one step closer. The Post broke the news that the Obama Administration secretly grappled with whether to retaliate against the Russian regime after receiving a top-secret intelligence report last August showing that President Vladimir … Read More
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Verticals like The Lily aim to bolster women’s voices in media. But are they going about it the wrong way?

When The Washington Post launched The Lily last week, journalists at several media organizations applauded the move. "I think it’s really exciting to see a surge of these outlets catered toward women," said Sarah Menkedick, founding editor of Vela magazine. "There is still such a significant gender gap in publishing." The news product is catered to millennial women … Read More
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The Washington Post gets more than a million comments every month, so it's using AI to tackle them

Some news organizations are killing their comment sections entirely. And some are opening up the floodgates. The Washington Post gets about a million comments every month on its stories, said Greg Barber, director of digital news projects at the newspaper. So, like The New York Times, The Post has begun using artificial intelligence and machine learning to moderate them. Read More
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In a town full of news, here's how BillyPenn chooses its stories (and competes with everyone else)

Philadelphia is a great news town. There’s The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, Philly.com and several other news organizations besides. So how does BillyPenn, a mobile-first newsroom that caters to a millennial audience, stand out? The short answer, from editor Chris Krewson: “We experiment a lot at BillyPenn.” Krewson joined us for a Q-and-A on Poynter’s … Read More
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Is the news business unfair to journalists with children? Poynter's readers respond

On Thursday, Poynter published a story about how family policies at news organizations in the U.S. affect the decisions journalists make about their home life and career paths. Afterward, readers took to Twitter to express their own experiences and opinions on the findings. Below is a Storify with some of our readers' best insights. Want to join the conversation? Tweet … Read More
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With Amazon Polly experiment, The Washington Post hopes to capitalize on growing interest in audio

The last Washington Post column I came across was only interesting because a computer read it to me. Amazon Polly is a text-to-speech service that sounds like a cross between a customer service agent and Siri. Its "lifelike" reading is dispassionate, and each comma prompts an overly long pause between words. Yet, I found myself listening to several articles for at least a few minutes apiece as … Read More
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Apple's new stats could revolutionize the way we find podcasts

The news moves so quickly these days that a podcast published on Thursday might not be relevant on Monday. But it’s hard to tell which news or political podcasts have the latest information just by scrolling through the iPhone app. The iTunes store categorizes podcasts by “top episodes” and “top podcasts” in certain genres, but it’s difficult to figure out … Read More
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Local Edition: It's not the ping pong tables. Or the office beer. Or the cake.

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. I know a guy whose workplace wins at birthdays. We know journalists do goodbye cakes very well, but how about "hey, glad you're still here" cakes? Most … Read More
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How innovative is your company? Ask these 6 questions

Innovations can be analyzed so you can evaluate whether they will work at your organization. After you've come up with an idea, here are some questions to ask about your organization and its ability to innovate: Does your organization embrace innovation or accept it reluctantly? Does your organization see innovation as a continuous process or as a one-time event? Does … Read More
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Kinja, the publishing system at the heart of Gawker, lives on under Univision

When Univision bought Gawker Media Group for $135 million in a bankruptcy auction last year, they got a critical piece of technology pretty cheap. Kinja, the publishing system that Gawker founder Nick Denton reportedly sank millions into before leaving the company, is now being expanded to a broader swath of sites owned by Univision. Later this year, … Read More
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This free tool will help you make beautiful timelines

Timelines are a great way to make your stories visual, and there are several tools to help you build them. This week, we explore a free, easy way to build beautiful, interactive timelines. Hare: Hey! So I’ve been using Grammarly and loving it (minus the way it harasses me about Oxford commas, which it’s intent on doing.) What’s … Read More
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How Roman Mars used President Trump to become the Beyoncé of podcasting

Roman Mars couldn't help but laugh this winter when he read a tweet from UC Davis law professor Elizabeth Joh. Then, he retweeted it. Then, he decided to make (another) podcast. "She wrote a tweet that said, 'Teaching Con law in 2017 means checking Twitter every five minutes before class,' Mars said. "...I sent her a couple-line email that was, … Read More
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With help from Microsoft, The Associated Press is launching a program for localized data stories

The Associated Press will use an application from Microsoft to give its members the ability to create localized stories using data prepared by its national team, the news cooperative announced Wednesday. Troy Thibodeaux, who leads the AP's data team, said he hopes this will be a major step forward for data journalism in general. Even though newsrooms are hungry for … Read More
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99 things that I’ve learned, discovered, and uncovered over the past 2 years

In honor of my 100th column for Poynter, I thought I would list 99 things that I’ve learned, discovered, and uncovered over the past two years: If you have a podcast, it’s probably a good idea to also ask your audience to do something and report back to you — which makes them more engaged and also gives you … Read More
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