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It's time to stop saying 'old media'

This year, I visited six newsrooms. Some had low-ceilinged cubicle mazes with coffee-stained carpets and newsprint towers. Some had quote-covered glass meeting spaces and slick, quiet rooms. At all of them, I found local legacy newsrooms, or "old media" as they're often called, doing the work of digital journalism. In one case, the print product was an afterthought. In another, … Read More
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There are huge advantages to moving to a smaller city

In the summer of 2015, I left Washington, D.C. and moved to Carrboro, population 19,582, in the middle of North Carolina. I had never lived in the South before, or in a small town. Most of my life had been spent along the Acela corridor, in Philadelphia and New York and Boston and Hartford, Connecticut. I thought we would stay … Read More
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How the Tampa Bay Times took on a complicated story with simple storytelling (and Legos)

Caitlin Johnston and Anthony Cormier spent so much time with a 182-page plan from the Florida Department of Transportation that it became like a bible to them: important, instructive, kind of mysterious and confusing. But the truth that came out of its pages aren't the result of thousands of words of copy. It's revealed, instead, through Legos. Johnston, a transportation … Read More
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Facebook rolls out plan to fight fake news

Facebook on Thursday unveiled a multi-part plan to fight fake news that includes teaming up with fact-checkers in the United States to cut down on the reach of bogus stories. The plan (which Poynter's International Fact-checking Network is involved with) represents the first time Facebook has given fact-checkers the ability to verify news on its platform, and comes after … Read More
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Google is becoming less of a traffic powerhouse, new report suggests

Bad news for publishers who built their strategy on search engine referral traffic: Google is now sending a smaller proportion of visitors to news sites than it did a year ago. Earlier today, analytics company Parse.ly published an interactive dashboard that shows which referrers are driving the most traffic to websites in its network. No surprise: Facebook remains dominant, … Read More
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Meet the researchers saving radio news from oblivion

How many historical radio broadcasts have been lost to history? Josh Shepperd, an assistant professor of media studies at Catholic University in Washington D.C., estimates that up to 90 percent of all radio broadcasts that aired between the mid-1920s and the mid-1980s were not saved. Millions of hours of tape were trashed, not stored, not preserved, or lost as … Read More
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With Tarbell, a whistleblower is betting on crowdfunded muckraking

Journalism took a beating in 2016. Donald Trump was elected president, thwarting pollsters and shaking off seemingly endless fact-checking. News organizations continue to lay off journalists as Facebook and Google gobble up the advertising market. And trust in media sunk to an all-time low, helped along by abuse on the campaign trail. Despite that, a … Read More
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How 4 public radio stations in California collaborated to cover the election

Editor's note: A version of this story originally appeared on Medium In March, I started a new role as project manager of elections overseeing a first-time collaboration with four public media organizations: KPCC in Los Angeles, KQED in San Francisco, Capital Public Radio in Sacramento and KPBS in San Diego. We called it California … Read More
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In Houston, Hearst bucks the industry trend and reinvests in journalism

Here's a novel management strategy for beleaguered metro newspaper organizations — don't cut, reinvest instead. Privately-held Hearst has pursued such a program without fanfare at its five large newspapers for most of this decade — notably at its biggest property, the Houston Chronicle. When Mark Aldam became president of Hearst Newspapers in 2011, he began by assessing the group as … Read More
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New project looks at the biggest stories from the smallest newspapers

Every year, Nigel Jaquiss gets calls from college students who want to talk to him about his Pulitzer Prize for their class projects. It's been more than a decade since he won the Pulitzer for Investigative Reporting, but he likes that people are still interested. So when University of Missouri senior Kelsi Anderson called, Jaquiss shared the story … Read More
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86 pieces of journalism wisdom published in the month since the election

It’s been a month. In the days since the election, a number of articles have been written about the lessons journalists can take from the presidential campaign. Pieces have also focused on what journalists should or must do over the next few months. CJR staff writer David Uberti wrote this three days after the election: It feels as if … Read More
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Digital publications are thriving in Europe where legacy media is weak

If President Obama actually goes through with a rumored plan to start a digital media company, he might want to move to France or Spain. That's because digital media companies tend to succeed in countries where legacy media — newspapers, broadcast and magazines — aren't particularly strong, according to a new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study … Read More
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Politico founder publishes new manifesto for digital journalism

Wednesday is a banner day for digital media startups, as the founders of both Politico and The Huffington Post unveiled projects that have been under wraps for months. For Ariana Huffington, the founder of The Huffington Post, it's launch day for Thrive Global, her much-anticipated wellness company. And Jim VandeHei, the former boss of Politico, picked today to sketch … Read More
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As publishers battle for attention, the fight over lock screens is heating up

News organizations are increasingly turning to push notifications to connect with readers who are awash in a flood of information. A third of American smartphone users — most of them younger — receive news alerts, and most reported being satisfied with the notifications they receive, according to a new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. More than … Read More
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Bots are getting their own experimental studio at Quartz

With $240,000 from The Knight Foundation, Quartz is launching a bot studio to experiment with new ways to reach audiences. The Quartz Bot Studio will experiment with bots and artificial intelligence, identify best practices and share its learnings online. “Bots and AI are going to upend how people get information," said Zach Seward, senior vice president of product and executive … Read More
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