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Local Edition: What Mike Wilson learned at FiveThirtyEight and The Dallas Morning News

This interview originally ran in Local Edition, Poynter's weekly newsletter about the digital transformation of local news. Subscribe here. Mike Wilson didn't go to journalism school. So when he started in newsrooms, first as an intern at The Boston Globe, then as an intern at The Miami Herald, the skills he had to learn on the job were pretty … Read More
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'I want to see us take journalism to people where they are': A
Q-&-A with Jeff Jarvis about restoring trust in journalism

Journalism has a trust problem. In the run-up to the 2016 election, a Gallup poll revealed Americans' trust in the press had sunk to an all-time low, with just 32 percent surveyed saying they felt "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of trust in the mainstream media. Whether it's criticism from the Trump administration, the failure of the … Read More
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With 'Up First,' NPR has created a bite-sized, podcast version of 'Morning Edition'

With a network of local stations that criss-cross the United States and a roster of hit podcasts to its name, NPR has big — and often separate — audiences on the radio and internet. NPR's newest podcast, "Up First," aims to reach the digital audience with a spin on a tried-and-true radio product. The 10-minute daily news podcast, which has … Read More
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In Eugene, Oregon, the newspaper takes on an issue 'in a way that couldn't be told from the outside'

When Nicole Dahmen opened her Sunday paper early last month, she found something she wasn't expecting. On Feb. 12, The (Eugene, Oregon) Register-Guard announced the start of an ongoing editorial project on homelessness. "Living in the Northwest, living in the West Coast, living in Eugene, homelessness is the problem," said Dahmen, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism … Read More
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Can trust in the news be repaired? Facebook, Craig Newmark, Mozilla and others are spending $14 million to try

A global coalition of tech leaders, academic institutions, nonprofits and funders, including Facebook, Mozilla and Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark, on Monday announced a $14 million initiative to combat declining trust in the news media and advance news literacy. The News Integrity Initiative, which will be administered by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, will unite an initial group of 19 … Read More
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How Facebook and other platform companies promote bad journalism — and what to do about it

Facebook and other platform companies publishing news are forces for bad journalism not good, despite some well-intended efforts lately to help media companies. That's the conclusion of a massive, 25,000-word report, "The Platform Press," published Wednesday by Emily Bell of the Columbia School of Journalism's Tow Center and co-author Taylor Owen. The rapid shift to news reading directly on … Read More
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BuzzFeed is closing its Open Lab later this year

BuzzFeed is closing its in-house, open-source innovation lab in October after two years of experimentation at the crossroads of technology and media. BuzzFeed’s Open Lab for Journalism, Technology, and the Arts, which is housed at BuzzFeed's San Francisco bureau, will wind down in October after the current fellowship class finishes its work, BuzzFeed San Francisco Bureau Chief Mat Honan wrote … Read More
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How can smaller newsrooms take on big projects? Look to the Portland Press Herald

The Portland (Maine) Press Herald is not the first local news organization to do a big project on the heroin epidemic. Last year, the Palm Beach Post documented more than 200 deaths in 2015. The Cincinnati Enquirer has a reporter dedicated to covering the heroin epidemic. And students at Arizona State University did … Read More
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Make your video better with a tool you're probably already using

This week, Poynter's Ren LaForme and I chatted about one final (and free) tool you can use for video that you may be using just for fun already. This is our final week talking about video tools before moving on to a new subject. Previously, we looked at tools that help you record, present … Read More
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Journalists in Pennsylvania are taking on state politics with a new print-only publication

Earlier this year, a new publication started covering state politics in Pennsylvania in an old way — print. The Caucus, a print-only publication from LNP Media Group, doesn't put stories online or break news on Twitter. The four-person staff is composed of two former journalists at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, an attorney and the content editor for LNP. Read More
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Local edition: What skills do journalists need? Thick skin, vision, patience, all the basics

This originally ran in our weekly newsletter Local Edition. You can join the conversation here. A few months ago, my son, Max, got me thinking about adaptation. "Everything is different!” the 9-year-old blustered from the back seat after his Kindle finished updating. “I can’t find anything now!” "That stinks,” I told him. But it’s also good practice, … Read More
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Burned once, publishers are wary of Medium's new subscription offering

Late last summer, Kelley Calkins and her team began discussions with Medium to take their burgeoning company in a new direction. The Establishment, a scrappy, four-person outlet funded and run by women, was considering moving its site to Medium. Taking the plunge would mean free hosting, access to the company's minimalist content management system and a variety of business opportunities. Read More
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Campbell Brown on filter bubbles, fake news and Facebook's role in the news industry

Before she became Facebook's Head of News Partnerships, Campbell Brown had to deal with a low-tech filter bubble. As a host on CNN, she was competing every night with the likes of left-leaning MSNBC and right-leaning Fox News. Battling low ratings, she left her 8 p.m. slot in 2010 with a rare hat tip to her partisan competitors. "I … Read More
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How are your stories performing on distributed media? Facebook and Chartbeat are teaming up to solve the mystery

Chartbeat and CrowdTangle today announced a major expansion of a tool for measuring how stories are performing on social platforms. The two companies began a beta version of the Offsite Social service in September 2016. Two months later Facebook acquired CrowdTangle. The announcement says that Facebook is now making a "robust" (but unspecified) additional investment in expanding what's measured … Read More
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