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Three young journalists saw national watchdog work getting all the attention, so they started looking for it locally

Each day, early in the morning, during lunch or when they're done covering politics and courts in Naples, Florida, three young journalists turn back to the news. Alexandra Glorioso, 29, Brett Murphy, 25, and Joseph Cranney, 25, all work together at the Naples Daily News. They also curate a weekly newsletter highlighting local watchdog journalism. For up to an hour … Read More
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Mark Zuckerberg takes on fake news, the importance of the news industry and the rise of filter bubbles in new manifesto

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg emphasized the importance of a "strong news industry" in his 5,000-plus word manifesto published this afternoon. Calling the news "critical to building an informed community," Zuckerberg said Facebook will do more "to make sure this vital social function is sustainable." "...From growing local news, to developing formats best suited to mobile devices, to improving the … Read More
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A Birmingham weekly is turning to crowdfunding for survival and growth

Weld, a weekly newspaper in Birmingham, Alabama, first launched five and a half years ago. It started out of what founders saw as the necessity for more journalism in the community. Since then, the city has seen cuts to The Birmingham News and the end of daily newspaper delivery. Weld, distributed for free, is a for-profit business. "Theoretically," … Read More
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Meet the wildly popular blogger chronicling President Trump one day at a time

Matt Kiser worked in news for many years, and now he works as a product manager at an algorithm startup in Seattle. But every day, Matt spends upwards of six hours working by hand on his single-subject blog, which launched in January. Starting a new project to track what the fuck just happened today. Read More
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Facebook is beginning to reach out to local newsrooms

Last week, Facebook visited journalists in Atlanta and Dallas in what looks like the start of a more reciprocal relationship between the social media giant and local newsrooms. Journalists rely on Facebook to help them reach their audiences, but, until now, Facebook's attention has largely been on national news organizations. The visits are part of the Facebook … Read More
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We're launching a newsletter conversation about the future of local news

In 2013, I started covering the media for Poynter, and, despite being a journalist for a decade already, I did not know how to cover this beat. Before working here, I covered features, race, immigration, the Census and aging. I followed Poynter for writing, reporting and career advice, but not industry news. That's because when I first started my career … Read More
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Local news is in the fight of its life. Here's how we're covering the story.

During the last two decades, a series of tectonic shifts in the journalism business have jeopardized newsrooms across the United States. Erosion of print advertising. Disruption by tech giants like Google and Facebook. Financialization of the press. Vast news deserts have emerged where once there was a healthy ecosystem of local and regional publications. In an election year … Read More
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Your roadmap to digital transformation

There are a lot of ways to talk about digital transformation. But the latest program from Poynter will help your media organization make the successful transition to sustainable digital publishing. The Poynter Local News Innovation Program, part of the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative, will bring together leadership teams from up to 20 news organizations in this unique year-long project. The … Read More
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FAQ for The Poynter Local News Innovation Program

The Poynter Local News Innovation Program is a year-long project designed to help your organization make the transition to sustainable digital publishing. A project of the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative, Poynter's Local News Innovation Program will select up to 20 media organizations for its 2017 program. The application deadline is March 13. Here are the details of the program: Who can apply?  The … Read More
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How font choices create contrasts in your design

By creating contrast in your design, you guide your audience through the content of your page. One way to create contrast is with type elements. Here are some guidelines for using typography. Try to limit yourself to two typefaces on a publication. Then limit yourself to two weights of each face. Adding italic versions of each weight gives you eight … Read More
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Where did that story come from? Pew finds new evidence that many readers don't know.

It's old news by now that way more than half of digital traffic comes through the side doors of social media and search rather than a reader selecting from a home page menu. That's OK, the theory goes, because at least readers are exposed to the content and will take note of the source. But that brand-building effect may … Read More
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Here's how to cover President Trump's tweets

I love On The Media's Breaking News Consumer Handbook, particularly the image that they post on social media whenever breaking news occurs. It reminds people that every breaking news event unfolds in much the same way, and it makes them aware how quickly misinformation can spread. News is moving very fast these days. Here are … Read More
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The Staten Island Advance has been through some big changes. Now, it’s pushing for them in the community.

The Staten Island Advance didn’t go out and find its latest project. It came to the newsroom. In a bus. Last January, the Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council brought more than three dozen people to several places, including the New York newspaper, calling for attention to a growing issue in the community: Who will take care of adults with intellectual … Read More
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To reach journalists on their home turf, Dataminr launches a Slack integration

Journalists are busy. Between Facebook, Twitter, email and — oh, yeah, actual face-to-face interviews — the last thing reporters want to do is check another window. Into this attention-starved funhouse enters Dataminr, which since 2014 has served as a kind of early warning system for journalists searching for breaking news stories. Dataminr's algorithms sift through every tweet, roughly a half-billion … Read More
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