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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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How to prepare for journalism jobs of the near-future

At last week's Online News Association conference, futurist Amy Webb listed several journalism jobs of the near-future, including a data and algorithms investigator, an augmented reality producer, a lead data scientist and a platforms manager. cc: every journalism school, it's time to update your syllabuses #ona16 #ona16trends pic.twitter.com/wHoLxQbUHX — Alex Duner (@asduner) … Read More
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Here's to fewer meetings and emails and getting more work done

40 Better Hours is a Poynter project dedicated to improving your workweek. This is the second day of the weeklong series. A lot of journalists come through Poynter’s doors, and we enjoy hearing their ideas (and, let’s face it, gripes) about how to improve work. More often than not, two big complaints come up in those conversations: poorly run … Read More
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Missed the Online News Association conference? Here's what you need to know

One of the biggest strengths of the annual Online News Association conference also presents its biggest challenge. The conference, held this year in Denver, is jam-packed with so much stuff that it can be hard to get your arms around all the ideas presented in a three-day span. Fortunately, your fellow journalists have your back. If you didn't go to … Read More
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Feeling overwhelmed? Here's how to conquer information overload

40 Better Hours is a Poynter project dedicated to improving your workweek. This is the first day of the weeklong series. Information overload, often resulting in infomania, is a very real thing. As journalists, it can seem impossible to keep on top of all the news, email, messages and other sources that keep us informed. That's because, … Read More
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How a scrappy team at The Denver Post grew one of America's biggest marijuana sites

DENVER — In April, Denver Post staffers poked their heads into a airstream trailer by the backdoor of the newsroom and were greeted by an unusual sight. The smell of marijuana lingered in the air as the leaders of Colorado's emerging cannabis industry passed around business cards — and joints — in a networking event held by the newspaper. "It was great," said … Read More
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ONA's Irving Washington on inclusion, innovation and stumbling into the right gig

The Online News Association began the week of its annual conference with some personal news: Deputy Director Irving Washington will be the group's next executive director. Washington, who's currently in Denver with a lot of other journalists this week for ONA16, took a few minutes to talk with Poynter via email about what's changed … Read More
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How USA Today Network plans to double down on video

DENVER — Don't expect the country's biggest newspaper publisher to ignore the tectonic shift toward video. The USA Today Network (neé Gannett) has made moves in recent months to turn its sprawling empire of more than 100 local media organizations into a single, cohesive whole — and video is a central part of that strategy. Late last year, it hired … Read More
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How the L.A. Times used a serial narrative and smart design to bring in new subscribers

When the Los Angeles Times launched a six-part narrative earlier this month, they tried something a lot of news organizations aren't doing anymore: Instead of running the entire story all at once, they published just the first chapter. It was a gamble. The story told in "Framed" first unfolded in California a few years earlier when a powerful … Read More
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