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With its new newsletter, The New York Times wants to help you live your best life (and plug some money-making links)

Last year, a timeless story began making the rounds on social media. "A toolkit for women seeking a raise," from The New York Times, imparted enduring advice: Be proactive. Be prepared. Anticipate your boss' reaction. The story saw a flurry of tweets and Facebook shares despite its somewhat antiquated publication date: May 14, 2010. Patient zero for the story … Read More
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Listening Post has expanded to 7 cities. Here's a free guide to bring it to yours.

The video starts with a close-up of the mayor and his Charlie Brown Christmas tie. "Alright, hi everybody," a voice says from offscreen. The mayor folds and unfolds his hands. "This is Kelly from Jersey Shore Hurricane News. Today I'm sitting down with Brick (Township) Mayor John Ducey and asking him the questions that you submitted for our … Read More
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7 of the best Twitter bots in journalism

Ah, bots: data journalists' favorite pastime and regular journalists' favorite distraction. And this article is no exception. Over the past few years, the number of automated bots on social media and messaging platforms has skyrocketed. These days, it feels like everyone with a pulse and a password has retweeted their favorites or cobbled together Github repository of their creations. Read More
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Meet the new Google News: Less clutter, more fact-checking and extra stories from your area

Remember using Google News to cut through the clutter, find fact-checked articles and learn about what’s going on in your area? Probably not, because before this week, that was nearly impossible. The technology giant has announced an overhaul of its popular news aggregation product in an effort to respond to user demands. TL;DR: They wanted to make it look better. "Right … Read More
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NPR is reinventing itself. Here's how it could change for the better.

About six weeks ago, I asked two people to play fantasy NPR with me. Both Adam Ragusea, who runs the insidery public radio podcast The Pub, and Nicholas Quah, who chronicles the podcasting industry for his newsletter Hot Pod, were game. I asked them to envision what NPR would look like if it tripled its bureau chiefs from … Read More
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Civil wants to use cryptoeconomics and blockchain to build the future of news. What?

We've all heard the bad news. Newspapers are struggling because of decreasing circulation and advertising revenue, media organizations are competing with Google and Facebook for traffic and layoffs are plaguing nearly every corner of the Fourth Estate. Yeah, the situation looks pretty bad. But have you considered using cryptoeconomics, digital marketplaces and blockchain to fix it? That's what Civil is … Read More
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Local Edition: Do the best ideas come from inside the newsroom?

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. KPCC wanted to discover stories that weren’t getting told in the media. So the Southern California public radio station reached out with a simple request: tell us your story. Read More
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8 headline tips to draw readers on social media

Stories fill social media platforms in a continuous stream, so drawing readers to your work gets more difficult every day. Cutting through the social noise starts with sharper headlines that resonate with audiences. Here are eight tips for stronger headlines on social media. Explain the news: People want to stay informed and learn information they can use. Pick strong verbs: … Read More
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Across the United States, NPR is reorganizing its member stations around regional hubs

NPR's top news executive announced plans to roll out a regional hub system at a speech for the Public Radio News Directors convention in Miami on Friday. Michael Oreskes, NPR's senior vice president for news and editorial director, told news directors that he envisions, "more than four and less than 12 hubs around the country." The hubs would be staffed … Read More
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With a mini-documentary, live interviews and user-friendly interactives, The Washington Post just showed the world how to launch an investigation

The Washington Post may not yet be Americans' newspaper of record, but after its publication of groundbreaking revelations about Russia's meddling in the 2016 election Friday, it's certainly one step closer. The Post broke the news that the Obama Administration secretly grappled with whether to retaliate against the Russian regime after receiving a top-secret intelligence report last August showing that President Vladimir … Read More
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Verticals like The Lily aim to bolster women’s voices in media. But are they going about it the wrong way?

When The Washington Post launched The Lily last week, journalists at several media organizations applauded the move. "I think it’s really exciting to see a surge of these outlets catered toward women," said Sarah Menkedick, founding editor of Vela magazine. "There is still such a significant gender gap in publishing." The news product is catered to millennial women … Read More
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The Washington Post gets more than a million comments every month, so it's using AI to tackle them

Some news organizations are killing their comment sections entirely. And some are opening up the floodgates. The Washington Post gets about a million comments every month on its stories, said Greg Barber, director of digital news projects at the newspaper. So, like The New York Times, The Post has begun using artificial intelligence and machine learning to moderate them. Read More
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In a town full of news, here's how BillyPenn chooses its stories (and competes with everyone else)

Philadelphia is a great news town. There’s The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, Philly.com and several other news organizations besides. So how does BillyPenn, a mobile-first newsroom that caters to a millennial audience, stand out? The short answer, from editor Chris Krewson: “We experiment a lot at BillyPenn.” Krewson joined us for a Q-and-A on Poynter’s … Read More
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Is the news business unfair to journalists with children? Poynter's readers respond

On Thursday, Poynter published a story about how family policies at news organizations in the U.S. affect the decisions journalists make about their home life and career paths. Afterward, readers took to Twitter to express their own experiences and opinions on the findings. Below is a Storify with some of our readers' best insights. Want to join the conversation? Tweet … Read More
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With Amazon Polly experiment, The Washington Post hopes to capitalize on growing interest in audio

The last Washington Post column I came across was only interesting because a computer read it to me. Amazon Polly is a text-to-speech service that sounds like a cross between a customer service agent and Siri. Its "lifelike" reading is dispassionate, and each comma prompts an overly long pause between words. Yet, I found myself listening to several articles for at least a few minutes apiece as … Read More
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