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Why you should consider shutting down your newsroom...temporarily

There’s a newspaper in my Rust Belt hometown that has barely changed since I learned to read. You know this story. The front page is a mix of town board trivialities and newswire articles. Somewhere there’s a photo of students beaming over an accomplishment. On Sundays, an old columnist hearkens back to the halcyon days. My hometown newspaper isn't alone. Read More
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Highlights and lowlights of journalism innovation in 2015

It’s almost a wrap for 2015, and what a year it was for the media. Here are my notables, plus my two disappointments. Much has happened to advance storytelling. One of the most important, in my view, is that we don’t hear the phrase “digital first” as often as we did in 2014.  It is more about “the story first” … Read More
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Personalized text messages: The new push notification

BuzzFeed's news app has several options for push notifications. I have a confession to make: I recently turned off all push notifications on my phone. My reason for doing so was simple: When breaking news happened, my phone buzzed like a gnat. Not just one time — but several times because I have several news apps installed on my … Read More
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Designing journalism products for accessibility

A few months ago, I went over my friend Betty’s apartment to drop off some spaghetti and meatballs. Betty is 89 and a news junkie. After we sat down and drank some tea, she asked me to help her find some news stories she wanted to read on her iPad. “Sure,” I said, as we peered at her screen. “Why … Read More
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2015 was not the year of HTTPS for news organizations

(Photo by Sean MacEntee/Flickr) Two weeks ago, I went to a news industry conference and sat in on a session about HTTPS, a protocol for securely communicating over computer networks. The session was sparsely attended compared to the other sessions at the conference, which surprised me. I started to think about why so many people may have skipped it: … Read More
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A new site launches today, offering a place to explore the intersection of news and social media

In June, Google News Lab helped create a coalition of online news organizations to explore best practices for news gathering on the social Web. On Monday, the First Draft Coalition launched a new site, First Draft News. "Social media is probably the most transformative influence on global communications of the last 10 years," said managing editor Alastair … Read More
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How to succeed in hybrid roles in new media

Who is the audience that you aren't reaching? (Photo by WOCinTech Chat/Flickr) Congratulations! You are in a new, exciting hybrid role that works with different teams to do awesome work. Your elongated title might be Editorial Producer/Developer, Front-End Designer, or Pinterest Engagement Editor. This is becoming more common as newsrooms encourage internal collaboration and build experimentation into their … Read More
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New York Times uses virtual reality to transport users to Paris vigils

Screen shot, The New York Times The New York Times The New York Times' Ben Solomon and Leslye Davis used virtual reality on Friday to bring readers and viewers to the streets of Paris to see the stretch of candles, cards, flowers and flags that have grown into vigils since the terrorist attacks there once week ago. Read More
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With StoryWorks, Center for Investigative Reporting's stories take center stage

From the Center for Investigative Reporting's StoryWorks. The play 'North by Inferno' is based on a CIR investigation and was performed in North Dakota in September. (Submitted photo) For Jebadiah Stanfill, watching the play written about a deadly and devastating oil boom disaster was emotional, but it was also personal. When the scene came with the explosion, the screams, … Read More
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Keeping up with the Times: Free tech for nonprofit newsrooms

The New York Times just shipped a virtual reality headset to every one of its Sunday subscribers. The Washington Post comes pre-installed on all Kindle Fire devices sold in the United States. NowThisNews publishes natively on just about every social network out there, completely forgoing the traditional news website. The lines between journalism and technology are … Read More
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How people who don’t work in news consume their news

How do you get your news? (Photo by CANNIK/Flickr) The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that there were 42,280 reporters and correspondents working in the United States in 2014. That number includes people who report for newspapers, news magazines, radio, and television, but excludes broadcast news analysts. (They have their own category.) Every so often, I like … Read More
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Google Cardboard: Novelty or Useful?

New York Times distributed Google Cardboard to its subscribers so they can watch New York Times virtual reality stories. (Photo by Bill Mitchell)Somewhere in a box, I have a cue cat, a device that emerged 15 years ago as the next cool navigator of digital content. Its final destination after an investment of $185 million? Oblivion. I was … Read More
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How The Guardian and GEN are getting news orgs around the world to share climate change content

Screen shot, The Guardian 37 news organizations from around the world now share their work on climate change with each other. The Climate Publishers Network, which launched in May, is "totally rogue," said The Guardian's Nabeelah Shabbir, and "a sign of good faith between international publishers that we would republish each other's climate change content..." Shabbir, a journalist … Read More
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Where podcast discovery could go next

I recently moved from Washington, D.C. to a small farming community outside of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Over the past three months, I’ve realized that I’ve started to consume news differently. There are fewer news outlets to choose from here, and I find myself relying on a college newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, for my hyperlocal news. The DTH, … Read More
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