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Local Edition: Lessons on newsroom culture from the library

This piece originally appeared in Local Edition, our newsletter following the digital transformation of local news. Want to be part of the conversation? You can sign up here. Gina Sheridan's Tumblr is a hilarious peek into life as a librarian. She finds and collects stories from other librarians about odd notes written into … Read More
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How losing my dad helped me gain a new outlook on work

The last real conversation I had with my dad was about work. More accurately, it was a lopsided exchange, where I complained about how miserable things had gotten and he patiently listened, interjecting here and there to reassure me that it would get better. If I had known it would be the last conversation we’d have, I wouldn’t have wasted … Read More
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There’s no ‘I’ in team, especially if you’re a woman

You spend months pouring time and energy into a big project. Requirements change, plans become more ambitious and you take on extra responsibilities to keep everything on track. Despite the challenges, you meet deadlines, appease coworkers and the team keeps humming along, thanks to your efforts. The project is released and earns industry accolades. Your boss is quoted in coverage. Read More
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25 ideas nonprofit newsrooms can't afford to ignore

Diversify revenue streams. Train from within. Make the most of metrics. Sometimes the simplest ideas can be the most effective. A small group from Poynter visited a dozen nonprofit and for-profit news organizations in 2015 to gather information to share at this week's Nonprofit News Exchange. Here are 25 ideas, observed at many of the places we visited, that anyone … Read More
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For nonprofits, mission is key to employee morale

The headquarters of The Lens, an independent nonprofit newsroom, is a small, no-frills facility in an uptown New Orleans industrial park. Instead of windows, there are glass doors protected by burglar bars. The office modem awkwardly dangles above the toilet. The furniture is a mix of plastic folding tables, worn chairs and mismatched lamps bought from thrift stores. The … Read More
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Fun at work is tougher than it looks

Earlier this month, we spent an entire week at Poynter focused on the topic of fun at work. The concept was born out of a conversation during a work trip. It was the kind of idea that seems interesting but would require a lot of work, the type that often gets thrown around and rarely sees follow-through. But this idea … Read More
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Diversity has to be intentional and other lessons from Feministing

Two white women started the popular feminist news and commentary site Feministing in 2004. Sisters Jessica and Vanessa Valenti started the site when they did a Google search for "young feminists" and found little more than a defunct NOW page. They believed that the intersection of race, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities was … Read More
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Why I always play music during writing workshops

The most fun I have as a teacher is when I can incorporate music into writing instruction. (Photo by Armondo Solares) I was 46 years old, and my life and time were filled by three pursuits: teaching writing, coaching girls soccer and playing in a rock band. My imagination was born, or reborn, that year in 1994. Read More
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Being miserable at work isn’t working: 7 reasons to have a little fun

Newsrooms don't have to be depressing places, we promise. (Photo by Eric Gay/AP) Newsrooms have a long reputation for being unhappy, antagonistic workplaces. The massive downsizings since the mid-2000s and uncertainty about the future of the industry haven’t helped much. Journalists in the United States are “less satisfied with their work,” and “much more likely to … Read More
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Newsrooms face mental health challenge amid surge of graphic footage

Tuesday, February 3, marked the first time Andy Carvin allowed himself to watch an ISIS execution video. The intensely disturbing footage, which showed a Jordanian pilot being burned alive, brought back a flood of memories and emotions for the journalist. “The impact really hit me,” Carvin said. “I had avoided [ISIS videos] up until that point. It didn’t seem worth … Read More
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What defines a healthy newsroom culture?

Earlier this month, I had the honor of conducting a writing workshop in Washington, D.C., for the writers and editors of National Geographic.  It was a kick for me to work with a publication that I had read as a boy, one that, in 1963, had published a photo of my father, a U.S. Customs officer, pasting a sticker on … Read More
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