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Here are 28 ideas for covering President-elect Donald Trump

Here are 28 ideas for covering the president-elect starting in January. Feel free to use any of these, or adopt them as a starting point for thinking of ideas in your newsroom. Pick an issue, any issue. Collect everything the president-elect says about that issue in one place. It’s hard to keep track of all of the nuances related to … Read More
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How the BBC's looking for the solutions to the world's big issues

Beginning Saturday, the BBC World Service is trying something new. Or, at least, newer. A new weekly radio and digital program, "World Hacks," will look at the problems facing the world along with the people who are trying to fix them. "It's really a program that focuses for once not just on the bad news, the problems, the … Read More
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After the election, news organizations need to listen more than ever

This is a bleak moment for the news industry. People on the right and left, as well as the president-elect himself, are blaming journalists for doing a bad job. We are entering a period of necessary self reflection. How did journalists miss the mood of so much of the country? Why didn't fact checks and endorsements have a bigger impact? … Read More
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An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg from the world’s fact-checkers

Mr. Zuckerberg — Last week you wrote that the problem of fake news and false information online is particularly complex. In your words: “Identifying the ‘truth’ is complicated.” We agree. It also cannot be the exclusive responsibility of any one organization. As a network of independent fact-checking organizations set up to promote accuracy in public debate and the … Read More
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Poynter just launched a Slack team for our members. Join us to talk about journalism!

For almost two years, most of Poynter's staff has been talking to one another — and sending emoji, memes and animations — using Slack, the addictive messaging app that has colonized newsrooms around the world. In addition to distracting us from work, Poynter's Slack Team has also become a watercooler where we chat about the changing business of journalism, help each other … Read More
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Spread your masthead across the country, and other ideas to prevent groupthink

I’ve read dozens of journalism postmortems and tweets lamenting how and why journalists got it wrong last week. Here’s a short, probably-not-comprehensive summary: Journalists relied too heavily on polls. They didn’t talk to enough voters in red states. They used the term “red state” when states are more complicated than that, with blue and red areas. People can't be defined … Read More
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Facebook is buying the social analytics company CrowdTangle

Facebook on Friday announced that it's acquiring CrowdTangle, a service used by publishers including BuzzFeed, The New York Times and ESPN to optimize their content on social media. The acquisition, which was made for an undisclosed sum, recognizes the growing importance of social optimization among publishers, according to a statement from a Facebook spokesperson. “Publishers around the world turn … Read More
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3 ways to engage your online community

Community and conversation are not just an outcome of journalism but an essential component of it. Think about all the ways in which you can create an environment for listening to your community, sharing meaningful stories and responding to people's questions, wants and needs. Here are some ideas to get you started. Use your community as a tool to further … Read More
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How is your newsroom showing tonight's results? Here are some cool ideas

CNN's Magic Wall has long been an interesting (and at one point innovative) way to see election night results in real time. Today, news organizations and journalists are trying out some new experiments in both high- and low-tech election night visualizations. At The Washington Post, you can watch two 3D printers duel-build tiny replicas of the White House in red … Read More
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The Washington Post's Marty Baron will spend Election Day waiting

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tomorrow, The Washington Post's executive editor will vote, come into the newsroom and wait, like the rest of the country, to see who Americans choose as their next president. For all the innovations and creative ways journalists can now cover this election, the audience is still looking for something pretty basic, Marty Baron said. "I think that … Read More
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At the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a newsroom that's gone from surviving to thriving

MINNEAPOLIS — Step into the new office of this old newspaper and it would be easy to assume the Minneapolis Star Tribune has moved fully into the present. It has — at least physically. The Star Tribune's offices in downtown Minneapolis are filled with light from walls of windows. There's a news hub, quiet rooms, studios, even a wall that … Read More
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This newspaper covers Trump from a unique angle: his college years

Over the past year, dozens of publications have focused on Donald Trump’s finances, his business dealings and his rhetoric on the campaign trail. But there’s only one publication covering the angle that the University of Pennsylvania’s student newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian, has taken for more than a year: Trump’s time in college. Trump, who transferred to Penn’s business school … Read More
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NPR names its first general manager of podcasting

NPR on Friday appointed its first general manager of podcasting, yet another sign of the medium's growing importance. It's Neal Carruth, the supervising senior editor for NPR's business desk. Carruth, a 17-year veteran at NPR, will oversee "Planet Money," "Embedded," "Hidden Brain," "Code Switch," "Pop Culture Happy Hour" and NPR's Politics podcast. In the new job, Carruth will work to … Read More
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