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How ProPublica is learning to do journalism differently in the age of Trump

This story was originally co-published by ProPublica and IRE Journal. It’s a great time to be an investigative journalist. Sure, no president has done more to demonize media than President Trump. But nor has anybody done more to boost our standing than Trump. Millions of Americans have put their faith in us. A few weeks after the election, … Read More
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This tool, made by college students, will save you all that time you spend transcribing

Update: Scribe has been overwhelmed by our interest and now recommends asks users not to upload files longer than 10 minutes. Also, it looks like they've started charging by the minute. Interested in the transformation of local news? Join the conversation in our weekly newsletter, Local Edition. So what are we talking about this week? I'm going to … Read More
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Lenfest Institute announces $26.5 million initiative to fund local news innovation

Philadelphia's Lenfest Institute announced $26.5 million in funding Wednesday for initiatives aimed at finding sustainable business models for local journalism, with up to an additional $40 million in a matching gift campaign from philanthropist Gerry Lenfest. Lenfest, who gave the news organizations inside the Philadelphia Media Network to the nonprofit Lenfest Institute last year, was previously … Read More
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A new model for investigative journalism? An offshoot of Berkeley's Investigative Reporting Program strikes a deal with Amazon to produce over-the-top video

In 2001, "Frontline" aired a documentary by investigative reporting legend Lowell Bergman. The movie, which chronicled the new cowboys of "Energy Alley," contained never-before-seen interviews with Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling and other players in the energy scandal. It was compelling footage. After Enron imploded, filmmaker Alex Gibney bought the video from PBS and used some of it in … Read More
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How journalists should handle the next 100 days of Trump's presidency

This past Saturday marked 100 days since Donald Trump became president, and many news organizations marked the occasion with data-intensive packages that measured his progress and made it really easy for the public to understand what's happened so far. Some highlights: The Guardian published an interactive making it really easy to … Read More
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With its redesigned website, SB Nation wants fans to geek out with them

"Aaaaaaayyyyooooo!!!" yells Will Buikema, moments before he reaches to shake hands with a man who crushes 300-pound NFL players for a living. Buikema, a video producer with SB Nation, is visiting Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks in Philadelphia as part of an ill-fated attempt to make friends with the NFL star. It goes south quickly, to hilarious effect: Buikema is … Read More
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NPR, the AP and local newspapers are beginning to experiment with Amazon Echo

When I visited a dozen news organizations on our Innovation Tour last November, there was a surprising consensus among the biggest players on the next big thing they had in focus: Voice-activated news for devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home. As was true for Virtual Reality/360-degree video a year … Read More
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This tool will put captions on your video for you

Poynter's Ren LaForme and I have spent several weeks exploring cheap or free tools journalists can use. First, we spent some time on video tools, then a few weeks on tools that can keep journalists more secure on the internet. Now, we're going to try breaking from the "series" approach and just pick tools that seem useful and … Read More
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Facebook will start training local journalists and newsrooms

Facebook started 2017 with a road trip down South to meet with local journalists. As those trips continue, the social media giant announced another level of in-real-life engagement on Thursday — a training and support pilot program for local legacy and online newsrooms. Through a partnership with the Knight Foundation (which funds my position covering local news) Facebook … Read More
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A new game puts the public into public radio archives

The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, which created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and later led to the creation of both PBS and NPR, also recognized the importance of archiving public broadcasting material in the United States. It stipulated that CPB should: ...Establish and maintain, or contribute to, a library and archives of noncommercial educational and cultural radio … Read More
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With Briefing, The Information muscles in on news aggregators like Techmeme

Ever heard of Google Blogsearch, Blogrunner or TechFuga? No? You're probably not alone. Each service tried and failed to dethrone Techmeme as the place where Silicon Valley die-hards get their up-to-the-minute dose of headlines about the tech industry. Techmeme has hung around for more than a decade in various incarnations and still boasts an influential readership that includes Facebook … Read More
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Local Edition: Journalists need to unlearn 'we are the authority.' 'We are not.'

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. What do you need to unlearn to stay in journalism? This week, two journalists named almost exactly the same thing. That’s not rare, but it struck me as interesting … Read More
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