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Apple's new stats could revolutionize the way we find podcasts

The news moves so quickly these days that a podcast published on Thursday might not be relevant on Monday. But it’s hard to tell which news or political podcasts have the latest information just by scrolling through the iPhone app. The iTunes store categorizes podcasts by “top episodes” and “top podcasts” in certain genres, but it’s difficult to figure out … Read More
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Local Edition: It's not the ping pong tables. Or the office beer. Or the cake.

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. I know a guy whose workplace wins at birthdays. We know journalists do goodbye cakes very well, but how about "hey, glad you're still here" cakes? Most … Read More
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How innovative is your company? Ask these 6 questions

Innovations can be analyzed so you can evaluate whether they will work at your organization. After you've come up with an idea, here are some questions to ask about your organization and its ability to innovate: Does your organization embrace innovation or accept it reluctantly? Does your organization see innovation as a continuous process or as a one-time event? Does … Read More
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Kinja, the publishing system at the heart of Gawker, lives on under Univision

When Univision bought Gawker Media Group for $135 million in a bankruptcy auction last year, they got a critical piece of technology pretty cheap. Kinja, the publishing system that Gawker founder Nick Denton reportedly sank millions into before leaving the company, is now being expanded to a broader swath of sites owned by Univision. Later this year, … Read More
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This free tool will help you make beautiful timelines

Timelines are a great way to make your stories visual, and there are several tools to help you build them. This week, we explore a free, easy way to build beautiful, interactive timelines. Hare: Hey! So I’ve been using Grammarly and loving it (minus the way it harasses me about Oxford commas, which it’s intent on doing.) What’s … Read More
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How Roman Mars used President Trump to become the Beyoncé of podcasting

Roman Mars couldn't help but laugh this winter when he read a tweet from UC Davis law professor Elizabeth Joh. Then, he retweeted it. Then, he decided to make (another) podcast. "She wrote a tweet that said, 'Teaching Con law in 2017 means checking Twitter every five minutes before class,' Mars said. "...I sent her a couple-line email that was, … Read More
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With help from Microsoft, The Associated Press is launching a program for localized data stories

The Associated Press will use an application from Microsoft to give its members the ability to create localized stories using data prepared by its national team, the news cooperative announced Wednesday. Troy Thibodeaux, who leads the AP's data team, said he hopes this will be a major step forward for data journalism in general. Even though newsrooms are hungry for … Read More
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99 things that I’ve learned, discovered, and uncovered over the past 2 years

In honor of my 100th column for Poynter, I thought I would list 99 things that I’ve learned, discovered, and uncovered over the past two years: If you have a podcast, it’s probably a good idea to also ask your audience to do something and report back to you — which makes them more engaged and also gives you … Read More
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Local Edition: Lessons on newsroom culture from the library

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. Gina Sheridan's Tumblr is a hilarious peek into life as a librarian. She finds and collects stories from other librarians about odd notes written into … Read More
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The New York Times is teaming up with Alphabet's Jigsaw to expand its comments

Comments have seen better days. In the last few years, several news organizations — NPR, Reuters and Recode, among them — have eliminated their comments sections because the internet can be a dark and terrible place. One by one, financially challenged news organizations have thrown up their hands in exasperation and declared that they have better things to … Read More
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Is Facebook serious about helping publishers find subscribers? Industry leaders are watching carefully

The Holy Grail of the news business these days is figuring out how to turn the droves of readers who swipe past stories on social media into a reliable stream of revenue. As more and more users flock to monoliths like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram and away from publishers' websites, many news organizations have been hard-pressed to cash in … Read More
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McClatchy is beginning to launch podcasts at its regional papers

When Justin Mitchell brings his podcast guests into Biloxi's Sun Herald newsroom, they head for a small storage room crammed with metal filing cabinets. The labels on those cabinets include "1984 World's Fair," "Parrot Head" and "UFO Sightings." Mitchell, the Herald's social media editor, opens up his laptop and starts a videoconference with Jordan-Marie Smith and Davin Coburn in Washington, … Read More
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Will your FOIA request succeed? This new machine will tell you

Many journalists know the feeling: There could be a cache of documents that might confirm an important story. Your big scoop hinges on one question: Will the government official responsible for the records respond to your FOIA request? Now, thanks to a new project from a data storage and analysis company, some of the guesswork has been taken out of … Read More
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This tool will catch your grammar mistakes (and harass you about Oxford commas)

Did you spell that word right? Is that an independent clause? That's not a dangling participle, is it? This week, we explore a tool that can help you catch those grammar mistakes. Hare: Hey! So, what’s our tool this week? LaForme: I want to do something a little different this week, in that I’m going to share a tool that … Read More
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