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Editor's note: Amanda Zamora, the Texas Tribune's chief audience officer, gave a version of this talk on Monday at 10UP, Poynter's summit marking 10 years of participatory journalism. Before joining the Texas Tribune, Zamora was ProPublica's senior engagement editor. One of the most rewarding — and at times, most humbling — parts about transitioning from digital storytelling into audience-driven … Read More
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Here are 81 journalism internships and fellowships for application season

For most journalism students, the biggest step toward finding employment isn't passing the final. It isn't acing midterms, turning in homework or even meeting deadlines at the college paper. The most critical period in journalism school is the three-month window stretching from September to November informally known as internship application season. Getting professional experience and making contacts through an internship … Read More
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8 lesser known stories the Pulitzer committee should know about

Related: Roy J. Harris Jr. makes his Pulitzer predictions National journalism awards have already sniffed out some exceptional journalism that no doubt will be top Pulitzer contenders: The Arizona Republic’s exceptional work investigating VA hospitals, The New York Times’ coverage of Ebola in Western Africa and The St Louis Post-Dispatch’s coverage of the Ferguson, Missouri police … Read More
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Knight Foundation finds nonprofit sites' revenue rising but sustainability elusive

The Knight Foundation finds progress in the nonprofit news sector in its latest report, released today, with average revenues up 73 percent in two years at 20 outlets it has been tracking. "But the issues are not going away," Jon Sotsky, Knight's director for strategy and assessment, said in a phone interview. "They're still over dependent on foundation … Read More
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How to build a news apps team (Hint: if you don't have a lot of money, settle for scrappy)

It isn’t really a question of whether you need a news apps team or not. The question for most newsrooms is what kind of news apps team can you afford? And then, how can you keep them as long as possible, given your scarce resources? Programmers and developers with journalistic inclinations are in high demand. They command good salaries and … Read More
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Texas Observer: We have 'the first non-puff piece' about Texas Tribune

Texas Observer Many stories have been written about the nonprofit Texas Tribune -- launched by venture capitalist John Thornton and edited by award-winning former Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith -- but Texas Observer editor Bob Moser tells me his press critic has written "the first non-puff piece written so far, I believe, about the well-funded, well-staffed" site. He continues in his email: The Tribune has garnered considerable publicity nationally as a "new model" for nonprofit journalism. But the journalism itself has been mighty disappointing. So you'll know, we aren't direct competitors -- except, in some cases, for donors and grants. Very different styles of journalism, different missions, different target audiences. I'd love to see them produce high-impact reporting and memorable stories. God knows the Sovereign Republic of Texas desperately needs more of that. But alas: So far, not so good. Read More
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