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How do you trawl through a 2.6 million-word report? The Guardian is asking its readers for help

The Guardian turned to its audience on Wednesday for help telling a huge story: New, bombshell disclosures about the UK's flawed involvement with the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. The revelations, contained in a lengthy report by government adviser John Chilcot, point to a British government that relied on faulty intelligence and was overly hawkish when there were non-military alternatives … Read More
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National Geographic built an online photo community that has more than half a million members

Seven years and more than 1,000 photos ago, Mike Melnotte shared his first image with National Geographic's Your Shot. The image featured a striped, contorting caterpillar. "I don't even know how I stumbled across it," said Melnotte, a pharmaceutical rep who lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. He learned photography in high school, then mostly just took snapshots for … Read More
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4 tips for engaging your community during breaking news events

What did we learn from a day of nonstop reporting and outreach? Prioritizing digital engagement at the beginning of the process was key. We posed questions to our readers — in person and across multiple digital platforms. We wanted know how the decision to close more than 900 schools disrupted their day and affected their psyche. The simple act of … Read More
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The New York Times now has ads from the '20s on 'Madison'

Screen shot, Madison On Monday, The New York Times R&D Lab added a new decade to its online crowdsourcing ad archives project — the 1920s. There's also now a gallery to see the advertisements that have already been ID'd, tagged and/or transcribed in "Madison," Abbe Serphos, executive director of corporate communications at The New York Times, said via … Read More
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