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Washington Post initiative aims to keep reporters from writing 'unnecessarily long'

In August, Washington Post Managing Editor Cameron Barr and his fellow senior editors decided to do something about a problem that had been niggling at them for some time: Articles were becoming too long, often for no good reason. "We were seeing too many pieces that were in the mid-range of their ambition and their success — coming in at … Read More
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With its new redesign, BuzzFeed's betting that the homepage still matters

BuzzFeed is well-known in the media business for publishing stories wherever its audience is — on Facebook, Snapchat, Tumblr and many other places. Given this emphasis, it might seem odd that BuzzFeed spent the last six months overhauling its homepage. But in an age where the bulk of readers are finding stories with social media and search engines, the homepage is … Read More
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CNN hires director of mobile and off-platform

In further evidence of the growing importance of platforms like Facebook, Apple News, Twitter and Snapchat, CNN has added a director of mobile and off-platform to its growing programming team. Marcus Mabry, who ran Twitter Moments for U.S. and Canadian audiences, will oversee CNN's mobile and off-platform efforts, including those on Apple News and Amazon Echo. Christina Cuesta Kline, deputy … Read More
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Old Gawker Media stories are getting new life in Spanish

Univision is moving fast. Since agreeing to buy Gawker Media Group in August, the company has already begun to refashion the blogging empire in its image, shutting down Gawker, removing controversial posts and, on Wednesday, announcing the appointment of a new CEO. The Spanish-language media company is also experimenting with ways to magnify the audience of the newly … Read More
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Here's to fewer meetings and emails and getting more work done

40 Better Hours is a Poynter project dedicated to improving your workweek. This is the second day of the weeklong series. A lot of journalists come through Poynter’s doors, and we enjoy hearing their ideas (and, let’s face it, gripes) about how to improve work. More often than not, two big complaints come up in those conversations: poorly run … Read More
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Sarasota Herald-Tribune staffers vote to unionize

Citing staff reductions and repeated cost-cutting, the staff of the Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune voted to unionize Thursday, becoming the second Florida newspaper to do so. The vote was 22-16. Elizabeth Johnson, an investigative reporter at the Herald-Tribune, lauded the vote in a statement, saying it will allow the newspaper's staff to "have a voice and a place at the table." … Read More
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How USA Today Network plans to double down on video

DENVER — Don't expect the country's biggest newspaper publisher to ignore the tectonic shift toward video. The USA Today Network (neé Gannett) has made moves in recent months to turn its sprawling empire of more than 100 local media organizations into a single, cohesive whole — and video is a central part of that strategy. Late last year, it hired … Read More
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On Election Day, ProPublica will lead a national team of real-time voting sleuths

Scott Klein is tired of sitting out Election Day. When November rolls around, ProPublica's newsroom of investigative reporters, data crunchers and social media wizards are usually left out of the excitement. As an organization typically given to longer-term work, ProPublica cedes Election Day to other journalists across the U.S. and focuses on what it does best: bombshell investigative stories. Klein, … Read More
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Out at Fox News, Greta Van Susteren takes to Facebook to hammer Obama

Greta Van Susteren is out of a job at Fox News, but she's clearly not lacking a new platform. "OK, you have every right to be enraged," she opens a rhetorically unabashed if unpolished video on her Facebook page. "I am. It just never stops. And you and every other American gets cheated. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Obama … Read More
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What The Texas Tribune learned after 1 year of collecting data on police shootings

After a wave of high-profile police shootings in other parts of the country, two Texas Tribune journalists wondered: Was there any way to gauge how often police shot at people in Texas? "As soon as we started looking into it, we realized there was just this huge information void out there," said Alexa Ura, a reporter who covers demographics. As … 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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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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Poynter records $900,000 surplus for 2015, thanks to real estate sale and revenue gains

After six consecutive years of losses, the Poynter Institute today reported in an Internal Revenue Service filing a surplus of roughly $900,000 for 2015. The result was driven by a gain on sale of land and a building as well as increased revenues and reduced expenses. On an operating basis, the institute still ran at a loss of $1.3 … Read More
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Those fact-checking chyrons can't be just an anti-Trump gimmick

Real time, contextual fact checks have long been considered the non plus ultra by fact-checkers. Attach a warning to a falsehood immediately, the theory goes, and it will cause far less damage. Which is why CNN's unorthodox use of chyrons has piqued political fact-checkers' attention. In June, CNN used just five letters and two brackets to point out Donald Trump had been … Read More
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One idea for what to do with all those comments: Embroidery

Hannah Wise recently found a new side project in the comments section. Actually, fellow Dallas Morning News journalists Claire Cardona found the comment. Wise turned it into art. It came after the story of a death that took place on a Sunday. One of the comments included the line "dead has no days off." Wise made a pattern and … Read More