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With help from Google and YouTube, McClatchy is trying to figure out the next big thing in video

Two years after creating a video lab in Washington, D.C., McClatchy is heading out West. Today, McClatchy announced Video Lab West, a 10,000-square-foot venture near the company's headquarters in Sacramento, California. At the heart of the project will be experiments in production, collaboration and distribution for types of storytelling that haven't quite hit the mainstream. That includes virtual reality, augmented … Read More
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Mashable says it's thriving by embracing quality journalism — and avoiding the same old Trump stories

Last year, Mashable laid off about two-dozen employees, cutting its politics and international reporters in a push for more video. So, how's that going? The reorganization of the company, which saw Chief Content Officer Gregory Gittrich replace Editor-in-Chief Jim Roberts "wasn't an easy stretch," Gittrich said. But Mashable has some good news — unique visitors and revenue are way … Read More
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Mark Zuckerberg thanks journalists after stop by Alabama newspaper

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday gave a shoutout to journalists on his Facebook page, posting a photo of himself reading a local newspaper with his wife. "It seems like a good time to say thank you to all the journalists around the world who work tirelessly and sometimes put their lives in danger to surface the truth," Zuckerberg … Read More
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NPR has created a team devoted to covering President Trump's conflicts of interest

How have news organizations covered Donald Trump’s potential conflicts of interest? Very creatively, so far. The New York Times created a series of circular graphics showing how Trump’s business efforts potentially intertwine with the federal government. Buzzfeed logged more than 1,500 people and organizations connected to the Trump family and their advisers, which independent designer Kim Albrecht turned … Read More
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Study: Younger readers got more election news from national newspapers than local ones

The push for more digital news looks like it attracted a coveted demographic for three national news organizations: Younger readers. The New York Times and The Washington Post attracted readers between the ages of 18 and 49 at nearly twice the rate of readers between the ages of 50 and 65 during the U.S. presidential campaign, according to … Read More
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Three young journalists saw national watchdog work getting all the attention, so they started looking for it locally

Each day, early in the morning, during lunch or when they're done covering politics and courts in Naples, Florida, three young journalists turn back to the news. Alexandra Glorioso, 29, Brett Murphy, 25, and Joseph Cranney, 25, all work together at the Naples Daily News. They also curate a weekly newsletter highlighting local watchdog journalism. For up to an hour … Read More
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Mark Zuckerberg takes on fake news, the importance of the news industry and the rise of filter bubbles in new manifesto

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg emphasized the importance of a "strong news industry" in his 5,000-plus word manifesto published this afternoon. Calling the news "critical to building an informed community," Zuckerberg said Facebook will do more "to make sure this vital social function is sustainable." "...From growing local news, to developing formats best suited to mobile devices, to improving the … Read More
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A Birmingham weekly is turning to crowdfunding for survival and growth

Weld, a weekly newspaper in Birmingham, Alabama, first launched five and a half years ago. It started out of what founders saw as the necessity for more journalism in the community. Since then, the city has seen cuts to The Birmingham News and the end of daily newspaper delivery. Weld, distributed for free, is a for-profit business. "Theoretically," … Read More
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Meet the wildly popular blogger chronicling President Trump one day at a time

Matt Kiser worked in news for many years, and now he works as a product manager at an algorithm startup in Seattle. But every day, Matt spends upwards of six hours working by hand on his single-subject blog, which launched in January. Starting a new project to track what the fuck just happened today. Read More
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Facebook is beginning to reach out to local newsrooms

Last week, Facebook visited journalists in Atlanta and Dallas in what looks like the start of a more reciprocal relationship between the social media giant and local newsrooms. Journalists rely on Facebook to help them reach their audiences, but, until now, Facebook's attention has largely been on national news organizations. The visits are part of the Facebook … Read More
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We're launching a newsletter conversation about the future of local news

In 2013, I started covering the media for Poynter, and, despite being a journalist for a decade already, I did not know how to cover this beat. Before working here, I covered features, race, immigration, the Census and aging. I followed Poynter for writing, reporting and career advice, but not industry news. That's because when I first started my career … Read More
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Local news is in the fight of its life. Here's how we're covering the story.

During the last two decades, a series of tectonic shifts in the journalism business have jeopardized newsrooms across the United States. Erosion of print advertising. Disruption by tech giants like Google and Facebook. Financialization of the press. Vast news deserts have emerged where once there was a healthy ecosystem of local and regional publications. In an election year … Read More
FROM THE POYNTER INSTITUTE

Your roadmap to digital transformation

There are a lot of ways to talk about digital transformation. But the latest program from Poynter will help your media organization make the successful transition to sustainable digital publishing. The Poynter Local News Innovation Program, part of the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative, will bring together leadership teams from up to 20 news organizations in this unique year-long project. The … Read More
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