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Sports and technology columnists join Poynter.org

columnistsTwo new columnists will be writing for Poynter.org starting this week. On Tuesdays, look for a column about journalism innovation written by Melody Kramer, a former digital strategist for National Public Radio. On Thursdays, Ed Sherman, a veteran reporter from Chicago, will write about sports journalism.

Kramer spent most of her career in public media, where she directed, produced, edited, and wrote for several shows such as “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” and “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross. As a digital strategist at NPR, she launched and directed projects that helped NPR build audiences online and on-air. She is a 2014-2015 visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where she is working on new ways to think about public media membership. Kramer blogs at www.melodyjk.com, codes in Python, and tweets @mkramer. Read more

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Christian Science Monitor plans Passcode, a cybersecurity vertical

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Coming soon (-ish, by January of next year at the latest) The Christian Science Monitor will launch its first vertical, Passcode a “modern field guide to security and privacy.”

“The Monitor saw a real opportunity to do something different, especially in this space that I think is well-covered, in a way, but mostly by trade publications on the security front,” said Mike Farrell, editor of the new project, in a phone interview.

The field of reporting on cybersecurity and privacy isn’t a lonely one. There are already sites and journalists dedicated to covering it from various angles, including The Intercept, Farrell said. PRI also has SafeMode, “A new generation takes on global security.”

With Passcode, though, “there was a chance to do something different,” said Farrell, who has previously written about the Web and tech for The Boston Globe. Read more

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8 Tips for Techno-Evangelists

Modern wireless technology and social mediaJournalism and technology don’t always go together very well.

I think there’s a natural conflict between the gathering of news and information and the various means of packaging and distributing it. This conflict is especially challenging for newsroom managers. On one hand, they want to focus on the journalism; on the other, they need to stay aware of technological changes and motivate their staffs to try new digital tools.

Newsroom leaders need to be evangelists for change — and that includes technological change. They need to better understand the role of technology adoption within their organizations as the means of gathering and sharing news shifts at an increasing rate.

The rate of technology adoption is critical to the success of news organizations, which is why we are embarking on new research about the topic, starting with a survey of journalists, educators, students and others. Read more

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Virtual Newsroom: getting journalism done in a digital age

At this moment, I am at my dining room table in Los Angeles with two laptops, a cellphone and an iPad. I work with staff writers who live in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and just outside of Tampa. I also talk virtually with Poynter faculty, adjunct faculty and freelancers who write for us, some of whom live in Florida, but some who do not.

As the future of news is still inventing itself and the nature of news remains in transition, there’s one thing we can say definitively: We’re no longer working the way we did 10, 5 or even 2 years ago.

With technology, we can — and do — report on the news at greater speeds and larger volume. The Web, cell phones, tablets, wearables, and other devices allow us to give audiences what they want, when they want it, and how they want it. Read more

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PoynterVision: Experiment with wearables

Many reporters shy away from early adoption of new technology. With wearables like Google Glass and smartwatches entering the market, Jeff Sonderman, deputy director of American Press Institute and former Poynter digital fellow, suggests ways for you to jump ahead of the curve and experiment with wearables.


For more on the news impact of wearables, watch the complete Webinar replay of Preparing Journalism for the Age of Wearable Devices at Poynter NewsU. Use the promo code 13POYNTER100WEAR to get unlimited free access to the on-demand replay.


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PoynterVision: Consuming news on wearables

Jeff Sonderman, deputy director of American Press Institute, shares his vision of how we might consume news on such wearables as watches:

For more on the news impact of wearables, watch the complete Webinar replay of Preparing Journalism for the Age of Wearable Devices at Poynter NewsU. Use the promo code 13POYNTER100WEAR to get unlimited free access to the on-demand replay.

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Matter faces familiar challenges in crafting a new web experience

While most online news outlets worry about their mobile-first strategy, Matter is trying to create a web-first reading experience. It doesn’t publish a print edition, present a bundled collection of news articles or host advertisements. It has no pop-ups, banners or complicated navigation menus — just a clean, lightweight layout that lets the story stand on its own.

Since its November 2012 launch, the site has offered human-focused, long-form investigative writing about science and technology – a flavor of journalism that’s largely disappeared amid the Web’s cost-cutting strategies and attention-deficit design.

“We’d hear about stories people wanted to tell that were crying out for narrative treatment,” co-founder Jim Giles told me when I visited Matter’s San Francisco office in August. Matter’s stories have ranged from body integrity identity disorder to Silicon Valley’s “charisma coach” to Tutankhamun’s DNA. Read more

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PoynterVision: Watch out for wearables

Forget the latest iPhone or Android tablet. Watches are the next big thing to hit the market. Jeff Sonderman, deputy director of the American Press Institute, tells why news organizations should pay attention to wearables, and he weighs the pros and cons of the devices.

For more on the news impact of wearables, watch the complete Webinar replay of Preparing Journalism for the Age of Wearable Devices at Poynter NewsU. Use the promo code 13POYNTER100WEAR to get unlimited free access to the on-demand replay. Read more

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Highlights from TEDx talks by David Carr, Ben Smith, Lisa Williams & more

During today’s Poynter TEDx event, we’re hearing from a variety of thought leaders in journalism and social media. We’ll live blog all of the sessions, which focus on three main topics: changes in journalism, curation and engagement.

You can see the lineup and replay the live blog below. 

Session 1:  Changes in Journalism

  • 9:50 a.m. “Old Media Ideas in a New Media Age” — Bill Adair
  • 10:15 a.m. “Why the Shift to the Social Web is Good for Journalism” — Ben Smith
  • 10:40 a.m. “If This Is How the New Journalism Is, Count Us Out!” — Jessica Hopper
  • 11:05 a.m. “How Not to Get Squished When the Media Techtonic Plates and Paradigms Shift” — David Carr
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Ex-Engadget editor to write weekly Washington Post column

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Joshua Topolsky, who founded The Verge after quitting Engadget in March, will write a weekly Washington Post column appearing online Wednesdays and in the paper each Thursday. Topolsky, a regular on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” will focus on technology culture, trends and reviews. Also, his reporters at The Verge will contribute several articles a day to washingtonpost.com. Read more

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