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Facebook will start training local journalists and newsrooms

Facebook started 2017 with a road trip down South to meet with local journalists. As those trips continue, the social media giant announced another level of in-real-life engagement on Thursday — a training and support pilot program for local legacy and online newsrooms. Through a partnership with the Knight Foundation (which funds my position covering local news) Facebook … Read More
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A new game puts the public into public radio archives

The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, which created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and later led to the creation of both PBS and NPR, also recognized the importance of archiving public broadcasting material in the United States. It stipulated that CPB should: ...Establish and maintain, or contribute to, a library and archives of noncommercial educational and cultural radio … Read More
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With Briefing, The Information muscles in on news aggregators like Techmeme

Ever heard of Google Blogsearch, Blogrunner or TechFuga? No? You're probably not alone. Each service tried and failed to dethrone Techmeme as the place where Silicon Valley die-hards get their up-to-the-minute dose of headlines about the tech industry. Techmeme has hung around for more than a decade in various incarnations and still boasts an influential readership that includes Facebook … Read More
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Local Edition: Journalists need to unlearn 'we are the authority.' 'We are not.'

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. What do you need to unlearn to stay in journalism? This week, two journalists named almost exactly the same thing. That’s not rare, but it struck me as interesting … Read More
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Can a future-of-work newsroom thrive inside a jobs site? Ladders is about to find out

To hear Ryan Sager tell it, classified ads aren't dead. They just need a little reimagination. "What you've got here is a great 19th century newspaper model with classified ads, just with no news hole," said Sager, a longtime journalist with stints at Time, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post. "And we're here to be the news … Read More
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With its new redesign, HuffPost wants to become a working-class digital tabloid (and make its splashy headlines go viral)

The Huffington Post shed its old look and several syllables this morning as it unveiled a new redesign and changed its name to HuffPost. It's the first total overhaul in the website's nearly 12-year history and marks a refocusing of HuffPost's editorial vision under its new-ish Editor-in-Chief, Lydia Polgreen. "We’re doubling down on our bold, splashy style, and serving up … Read More
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VR holds promise for journalists, but newsroom adoption has remained sluggish

Newsrooms around the world are experimenting with virtual reality more and more, but mass adoption of the medium has been slowed by the lack of quality content and an industry-wide inability to make money from it. That's the gist of a new report, released this evening by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, that tracks adoption of … Read More
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Don't call Steve Stephens 'The Facebook Killer'

We in the media love nicknames for notorious people. Often, these names are associated with a place or thing that has a random connection, like The Boston Strangler, The Green River Killer or The San Bernardino Shooters. This time it's "The Facebook killer," the shorthand description for the actions of Steve Stephens, who killed an elderly Cleveland man at random, … Read More
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This tool will help you clean up after your online footprints

This article is part of an ongoing series on digital tools for journalists. We've spent the past few weeks talking about tools for keeping reporters and their sources safe. This week, Poynter's Ren LaForme is focusing on a tool that will help you find which information about you is on the internet, what you may want to … Read More
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Poynter picks 21 news organizations to participate in local news innovation program

Poynter on Thursday announced a final list of 21 local news organizations that will participate in the Poynter Local News Innovation Project, receiving guidance from the Institute to help them transform their newsrooms into digital-first enterprises. The program, a project of the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative, is designed to spur digital transformation in local news organizations and will include tiny, … Read More
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Is there an untapped market for print in local journalism? No, seriously.

A few months ago, staff at The Minneapolis Star Tribune did something journalists don't always have the time to do: think way ahead. One year in advance, staff photographers shot images of the Minnesota winter for next winter's StarTribune Magazine. The quarterly magazine debuted Sunday, marking a new product for a newsroom that's worked hard over the last … Read More
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One Fusion editor is taking road trips around the country to work with local journalists

After the election, after a tough round of layoffs at Fusion, features editor Nona Willis Aronowitz pitched an idea to her higher-ups. She wanted to get out of the office. "I was doing a little bit of soul-searching about what we could do to really be part of this conversation," Aronowitz said. Normally, she said, editors sit behind desks … Read More
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Bloomberg and Postlight team up to annotate the world's news

Just how rich is Jeff Bezos? If you're at your keyboard, the answer is just a Google search away: $75.6 billion. But if you're swiping through an article that doesn't include the info (or has an out-of-date figure) on your phone, you have to spend an extra minute or three tapping out the question to come up with an … Read More
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