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With Daybreak, Bloomberg is trying to catch its busiest readers early

A year and a half ago, Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait got some editors together around an idea: Could Bloomberg be grabbing its readers earlier in the day? Traditionally, the financial news powerhouse has connected with terminal subscribers when they arrived at work. There, they can each can call up Bloomberg's proprietary blend of financial data and news from their desktop … Read More
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Why newsrooms should keep in touch with alums

Every so often, "Fresh Air’s" co-executive producer Danny Miller sends an email update out to the "Fresh Air" alums. The email updates us on what’s happening with the show, and any new developments underway. I love getting this informal email. It makes me feel connected to a job I had five years ago, and it makes me feel more invested … Read More
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American Society of News Editors undergoes digital revamp

In a sign of the continuing industry-wide shift away from print, the American Society of News Editors on Tuesday announced that its membership structure will focus on monthly web traffic rather than print circulation figures. The change, announced by ASNE this morning in an email to members, is a "long overdue" acknowledgement that "digital media is a primary platform for … Read More
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FOIA Wiki launches in beta

A new tool launched on Monday seeks to work as both a resource and a collaborative space for people using the Freedom of Information Act. FOIA Wiki, from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, includes details on FOIA exemptions and fees, contact information for federal agencies and an open forum for questions. There's also a page … Read More
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With a new tool, The Marshall Project has turned the internet into a tipline

Last month, Tom Meagher was on vacation in Prague when he got an email from a tipster. It was important news. Meagher, the deputy managing editor of The Marshall Project, checked his phone and saw that a Texas court was staying the execution of Rolando Ruiz, a convicted San Antonio hitman. He read the court's decision, then updated The … Read More
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With its new redesign, BuzzFeed's betting that the homepage still matters

BuzzFeed is well-known in the media business for publishing stories wherever its audience is — on Facebook, Snapchat, Tumblr and many other places. Given this emphasis, it might seem odd that BuzzFeed spent the last six months overhauling its homepage. But in an age where the bulk of readers are finding stories with social media and search engines, the homepage is … Read More
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What The Dallas Morning News learned by testing its new site in public

In July, as The Dallas Morning News covered a protest that turned into a deadly shooting, their website went down. Luckily, they had a backup. The downside? It wasn't quite ready yet. The new site was still being tested. But when their server failed, they pushed the bare-bones, dress rehearsal version out to readers. More than two months later, … Read More
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How to do good journalism between now and Election Day

Up until recently, many news organizations have been reluctant to use the "L" word to describe Donald Trump's many falsehoods. When The New York Times finally did — on Sept. 16, 2016 — it was seen as “kind of a big deal.” In the days since, The Times has tried to make up for lost time, publishing … Read More
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How millennial journalists are unraveling local news for their peers

SARASOTA, Florida — One Wednesday morning, Rachel O'Hara, a multimedia journalist at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, messaged her colleagues: "Does anyone actually use bar soap?" Arts reporter Dahlia Ghabour responded first: "I do." Alan Shaw, analytics/engagement lead producer, followed: "Me, too." O'Hara heard that millennials are killing the bar soap industry, she told them. "Filthy millennials," Shaw said. "Basically," O'Hara … Read More
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Jose Antonio Vargas is relaunching #EmergingUS on Medium

"Excuse me, can I bother you for a second?" Onscreen is Jose Antonio Vargas, the former Washington Post political reporter turned filmmaker and entrepreneur. He's holding a poster-sized section from the 2010 census, the page that asks readers to describe their race. In front of him are White people, pulled aside for interviews on a street in Iowa. Vargas … Read More
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CNN hires director of mobile and off-platform

In further evidence of the growing importance of platforms like Facebook, Apple News, Twitter and Snapchat, CNN has added a director of mobile and off-platform to its growing programming team. Marcus Mabry, who ran Twitter Moments for U.S. and Canadian audiences, will oversee CNN's mobile and off-platform efforts, including those on Apple News and Amazon Echo. Christina Cuesta Kline, deputy … Read More
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Honolulu Civil Beat now has a 72-year-old intern

Journalists at Honolulu's Civil Beat have probably gotten used to the platinum-haired man who comes in twice a week, parks himself and his laptop in an open common area of the newsroom, speaks up with questions and offers context now and then. That's Ron Hochuli. He's the intern. He's also 72. Both he and the newsroom are figuring out how … Read More
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Old Gawker Media stories are getting new life in Spanish

Univision is moving fast. Since agreeing to buy Gawker Media Group in August, the company has already begun to refashion the blogging empire in its image, shutting down Gawker, removing controversial posts and, on Wednesday, announcing the appointment of a new CEO. The Spanish-language media company is also experimenting with ways to magnify the audience of the newly … Read More
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NBC Universal launches virtual reality event

"In the lead up to presidential elections, NBC News transforms Rockefeller Center into Democracy Plaza — an interactive celebration of American citizenship and our political history."

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NYT to partner with division of Google's parent company to expand comments

While many news organizations are closing down their comment sections, The New York Times is using technology to double down. Today, the Times announced a commenting-focused partnership with Jigsaw, the technology skunkworks of Google's parent company, Alphabet. The newspaper is working with Jigsaw to create a new moderation system that will increase the speed at which comments are … Read More
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