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Can a future-of-work newsroom thrive inside a jobs site? Ladders is about to find out

To hear Ryan Sager tell it, classified ads aren't dead. They just need a little reimagination. "What you've got here is a great 19th century newspaper model with classified ads, just with no news hole," said Sager, a longtime journalist with stints at Time, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post. "And we're here to be the news … Read More
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With its new redesign, HuffPost wants to become a working-class digital tabloid (and make its splashy headlines go viral)

The Huffington Post shed its old look and several syllables this morning as it unveiled a new redesign and changed its name to HuffPost. It's the first total overhaul in the website's nearly 12-year history and marks a refocusing of HuffPost's editorial vision under its new-ish Editor-in-Chief, Lydia Polgreen. "We’re doubling down on our bold, splashy style, and serving up … Read More
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VR holds promise for journalists, but newsroom adoption has remained sluggish

Newsrooms around the world are experimenting with virtual reality more and more, but mass adoption of the medium has been slowed by the lack of quality content and an industry-wide inability to make money from it. That's the gist of a new report, released this evening by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, that tracks adoption of … Read More
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Don't call Steve Stephens 'The Facebook Killer'

We in the media love nicknames for notorious people. Often, these names are associated with a place or thing that has a random connection, like The Boston Strangler, The Green River Killer or The San Bernardino Shooters. This time it's "The Facebook killer," the shorthand description for the actions of Steve Stephens, who killed an elderly Cleveland man at random, … Read More
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This tool will help you clean up after your online footprints

We've spent the past few weeks talking about tools for keeping reporters and their sources safe. This week, Poynter's Ren LaForme is focusing on a tool that will help you find which information about you is on the internet, what you may want to clean up and what you can discover about sources. So, what are we talking … Read More
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Poynter picks 21 news organizations to participate in local news innovation program

Poynter on Thursday announced a final list of 21 local news organizations that will participate in the Poynter Local News Innovation Project, receiving guidance from the Institute to help them transform their newsrooms into digital-first enterprises. The program, a project of the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative, is designed to spur digital transformation in local news organizations and will include tiny, … Read More
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Is there an untapped market for print in local journalism? No, seriously.

A few months ago, staff at The Minneapolis Star Tribune did something journalists don't always have the time to do: think way ahead. One year in advance, staff photographers shot images of the Minnesota winter for next winter's StarTribune Magazine. The quarterly magazine debuted Sunday, marking a new product for a newsroom that's worked hard over the last … Read More
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One Fusion editor is taking road trips around the country to work with local journalists

After the election, after a tough round of layoffs at Fusion, features editor Nona Willis Aronowitz pitched an idea to her higher-ups. She wanted to get out of the office. "I was doing a little bit of soul-searching about what we could do to really be part of this conversation," Aronowitz said. Normally, she said, editors sit behind desks … Read More
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Bloomberg and Postlight team up to annotate the world's news

Just how rich is Jeff Bezos? If you're at your keyboard, the answer is just a Google search away: $75.6 billion. But if you're swiping through an article that doesn't include the info (or has an out-of-date figure) on your phone, you have to spend an extra minute or three tapping out the question to come up with an … Read More
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Facebook’s algorithm isn’t surfacing one-third of our posts. And it’s getting worse

Editor's note: This article was previously published on Medium.com. It is being republished here with the author's permission. Starting in January of this year, we at the Chicago Tribune started to anecdotally see a fairly significant change in our post reach. We weren’t seeing a huge difference in post consumption or daily average reach, but we were just seeing … Read More
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Fake news, a Snapchat clone and other things to expect from Mark Zuckerberg's keynote at f8 today

The journalism world will be watching today at 10 a.m. PST as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes the stage at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose to deliver the keynote for the company's annual developer conference. The conference has become appointment viewing for media types in recent years, as Facebook's massive reach gives it enormous power over the publishing … Read More
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Local Edition: What do journalists need to stop doing to survive?

This article originally ran in Local Edition, our newsletter dedicated to mapping the future of local news, together. Want to be part of the conversation? You can sign up here. One of the hardest things for me when I started at Poynter was aggregation. Also Twitter. And writing breaking news as it happened instead of hours after. Read More
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Boston Globe's plan for digital reinvention: Be ready for constant change

The Boston Globe's much-awaited plan for digital reinvention came out Monday in a 3,000-plus word memo from Editor Brian McGrory. The changes, which result from a year of rethinking what they do and how they do it, are similar in many ways to others at newsrooms across the country. The newsroom's day … Read More
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