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4 lessons from Reveal's serialized Instagram investigation

One week ago, Reveal from the Center of Investigative Reporting started telling a serialized investigation in a whole new way — on Instagram. The experiment with social-first storytelling had some big successes, racking up 706 likes and prompting more than a 50 percent growth in Reveal's followers (as of Monday, Reveal had 2,563 followers. It … Read More
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In Lithuania, one site is using its journalists to fight ad-blockers

In May, Tomas Balžekas dropped a revelation on the crowd gathered at an internet conference in Vilnius, Lithuania's capital city. Balžekas, the CEO of 15Min.lt, Lithuania's second-biggest news organization, was onstage with Vytautas Benokraitis, the CEO of rival Delfi.lt. He announced that in a month, 15Min.lt would launch a new plan to fight ad-blockers. It was a … Read More
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5 non-verbal ways to be an active listener

Leaders can help themselves and their staffs by practicing the art of active listening. Here are some non-verbal skills to help. Use good eye contact to show you’re engaged and interested in what the other person is saying. Use your posture and hand movements to convey that the most important thing you’re doing is listening to your colleague. Avoid distractions. Read More
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A salute to Charles Osgood, the bard of broadcast news

At the age of 83, news veteran Charles Osgood will be leaving CBS "Sunday Morning," after 22 years as anchor. He is known for two trademarks: a dapper bowtie and a penchant for turning news copy into verse. His first collection of news poems was titled "Nothing Could Be Finer Than a Crisis That Is Minor in … Read More
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What journalists are saying about Hillary Clinton's press conference drought

Good morning. Here's our daily summary of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. Concluding a New England vacation, I fell off the non-work wagon just outside Boston Sunday with a tweet from Kellyanne Conway, this week's Donald Trump campaign chief: "Day 267: No press … Read More
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Want to create a diverse newsroom? Think outside the 'pipeline'

If relationships are key to keeping people with different backgrounds in the newsroom, it’s community that’s essential to finding them in the first place. Journalism, like technology, has bemoaned its "pipeline problem" for years. The common complaint is that there aren’t enough qualified people coming to the field through the primary recruitment routes: j-school and internship programs. But attributing a … Read More
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Charles Osgood announces his retirement

Charles Osgood, the longtime host of CBS' "Sunday Morning," announced his retirement earlier today. Osgood, who's hosted "Sunday Morning" for more than two decades, announced the news on this morning's broadcast, citing age as among the factors prompting his retirement: "Some of you may have heard rumors lately that I won’t be hosting these 'Sunday Morning' broadcasts very much … Read More
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Every Friday until the elections, the Washington Post will flood social media with fact checks

Commentators may be waxing lyrical about the "post-fact" era, but readers — at least at The Washington Post — don't seem to be buying it. Back in July, National Digital Editor Terri Rupar noticed traffic to the Republican National Convention liveblog "really spiked" when the Post announced on social networks that it would include analysis from in-house fact-checking duo … Read More
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How USA Today unraveled Ryan Lochte's Rio drama

Last Thursday, Taylor Barnes and other journalists crowded into a theater across the street from a police station in Rio de Janeiro. The police were there to talk about what happened with four U.S. Olympic swimmers at a gas station the previous Sunday. David Meeks, managing editor of USA Today Sports Media Group, was watching a feed of the conference … Read More
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MediaFile, a D.C.-based media reporting site, is launching Monday

In his 2015 obituary for American Journalism Review (published in Columbia Journalism Review), Mike Hoyt mourned the passing of a Washington institution that had the muscle to tackle ambitious stories about the media business. In a world rife with shallow criticism, Hoyt argued, AJR's passing meant one less newsroom full of reporters working the phones and calling B.S. on … Read More
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Jokes come first in 'The Daily Show's' fact-checking segment

Step aside, Pinocchios and Pants on Fire. "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central has entered the fact-checking world with ratings such as "a puppy snorting cocaine" and "a John Travolta." "The Daily Show’s" "What the Actual Fact?" segments can sometimes seem as substantive as PolitiFact or The Washington Post's Fact-Checker. But they also contain the kind of silliness you expect … Read More
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How solutions journalism makes your reporting stronger

Solutions journalism is a "howdunnit" approach that offers rigorous and compelling coverage about responses to social problems — reporting that adheres to the highest of journalistic standards. This approach makes watchdog reporting even stronger. Here are other strengths of solutions journalism. Solutions Journalism Provides Context Journalism that fails to cover responses to social problems provides an inaccurate and biased view … Read More
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After Italy's earthquake, rubble fills front pages around the world

The death toll from Wednesday's destructive earthquake continued rising today in Italy. At last count, more than 240 people died in the powerful quake that hit Central Italy, according to USA Today. Striking images of the rubble now filling many towns made front pages around the world. Here's a collection, via Kiosko, Il Post … Read More
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Mounting losses turn The Daily Tar Heel into a newspaper startup

Betsy O’Donovan got straight to the point. "We have been losing money since 2011, and we have two years to figure our way out," said O’Donovan, general manager of the University of North Carolina's student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel. O'Donovan, a former Nieman Fellow who studied the newspaper industry's collapsing business model, joined the 123-year-old newspaper earlier this month … Read More