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Reader support is more important than ever. Here are 22 ways to connect with your community

2017 is shaping up to be a gloomy year for journalism that's supported by advertising. With ad-blocking on the rise and advertising budgets shifting away from news, one of the most promising moneymaking frontiers seems to be reader-supported journalism. The New York Times, with its massive global reach, is betting big on subscribers; Dean Baquet, the Times' … Read More
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How The Post and Courier covered the Dylann Roof trial

On Tuesday morning, as they have for so many mornings now, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Berry Hawes and Abigail Darlington walked into Charleston's District Court at 85 Broad Street with the tools they would need to tell the story. Hawes brought her 8.5-by-11-inch yellow notebook and whatever pen she had grabbed from the newsroom. Smith came ready to liveblog with his … Read More
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3 ways typography can create design contrasts

Contrast helps to create focal points on a page and a hierarchy for what readers will see first.  Here are several ways to create contrast in your design. Contrast of Size. The largest headline on a page will draw the reader’s attention first, creating a hierarchy of size that moves the reader from the most important stories to the lesser. Read More
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50 ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act

This November, the Public Broadcasting Act will turn 50. The law created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and later led to the creation of both PBS and NPR. Here are 50 interesting pieces to read or listen to about public media to celebrate the anniversary. (If you have more ideas, please list them in the comments.) Understand the history … Read More
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Facebook names Campbell Brown head of news partnerships

Facebook's new head of news partnerships will be Campbell Brown, the founding editor in chief of a nonprofit educational news site. Brown, who was previously a journalist for CNN and NBC News, will be "working directly with (Facebook's) partners to help them understand how Facebook can expand the reach of their journalism, and contribute value to their businesses," she … Read More
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Why some publishers are sticking with Medium, for now

This week's news that Medium is laying off 50 employees and closing its offices in Washington, D.C. and New York came as a surprise to the stable of news organizations that signed up to use the site as its publisher. The prospects for Medium, which was sold to publishers as a high-end alternative to traditional web advertising, … Read More
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How Marketplace took on culture, social media and distributed content with one small project

Social cards — images designed for specifically for social media — aren't new. News organizations have been using them to create content and promote their journalism for awhile now. So when Marketplace's Nishat Kurwa took on the idea of social cards for the L.A.-based public media organization, she combined the concepts of distributed content and social promotion. And, … Read More
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Twitter launches in-stream verification badges

Twitter just made it a little easier to determine which users have that little blue tick. Beginning today, the social network is identifying verified users in additional places across its platform. This means tweets from verified accounts will be marked as such in Twitter's main timeline rather than exclusively on their individual pages. Previously, users had to navigate to each … Read More
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The Boston Globe's major overhaul is underway

Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory on Wednesday afternoon detailed the finer points of a massive reorganization aimed at reinventing the newspaper for the digital age. After months of consultation with staff members throughout the newsroom, McGrory outlined 10 big changes that are coming to The Globe in the coming months. Among them: a complete overhaul of the newsroom's beat structure, … Read More
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Don't want the public to see your newsroom's gossip? Don't put it on Slack

Last year, instant messages from Gawker staffers were cited as evidence in the defamation lawsuit filed by professional wrestler Hulk Hogan. What they revealed wasn't pretty: tasteless jokes about the former pro-wrestler’s sexual trysts and his genitals, snide remarks that weren't meant for publication. The transcripts quickly became a cautionary tale for journalists who might exchange sensitive information … Read More
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Could changing the way bylines look help increase trust with readers?

How does journalism signal its trustworthiness to an audience that has lost confidence in its ability to be fair? That’s been the ongoing question behind The Trust Project, which has convened journalism strategists and leaders over the past year to identify and develop tools which may help build trust with readers. The initiative, which is based at the Markkula … Read More
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How a small public radio station uses a bread truck to spark community engagement

Editor’s note: Localore: Finding America is a national initiative from the Association for Independents in Radio supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Tenore, Poynter's former editor, is an AIR freelancer who is helping identify lessons learned from the initiative. When Jess Mador … Read More
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It's time to stop saying 'old media'

This year, I visited six newsrooms. Some had low-ceilinged cubicle mazes with coffee-stained carpets and newsprint towers. Some had quote-covered glass meeting spaces and slick, quiet rooms. At all of them, I found local legacy newsrooms, or "old media" as they're often called, doing the work of digital journalism. In one case, the print product was an afterthought. In another, … Read More
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There are huge advantages to moving to a smaller city

In the summer of 2015, I left Washington, D.C. and moved to Carrboro, population 19,582, in the middle of North Carolina. I had never lived in the South before, or in a small town. Most of my life had been spent along the Acela corridor, in Philadelphia and New York and Boston and Hartford, Connecticut. I thought we would stay … Read More
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