Melody Kramer

Poynter Results

  • Innovation

    Article

    American households are changing. So should American news.

    I grew up living in a house with my parents, brothers and grandparents. My grandparents taught me how to play poker, cook Matzoh balls and appreciate a long afternoon reading a newspaper (and then, perhaps, we’d spend the next few hours writing a well-thought-out letter to the editor).

  • Innovation

    Article

    Here are 27 ways to think about comments

    About a year ago, I gathered some really smart people who don’t work in news together in a room. I set out some index cards and some beer and told them we were going to think about new ways to design a news homepage.

  • Article

    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 don’t you show me what you’re doing and I’ll see if I can help.”

  • Article

    GitHub tutorials and resources for journalists

    I decided to learn Python in the winter of 2014. The decision was partially out of practicality — I thought it would help my work — and partially out of boredom — it was a long, cold winter in DC and a good time to pick up a new hobby.

    I will admit: I’m still not the world’s best Python programmer. But I can scrape websites and write documentation and generally understand how people use GitHub, which is the largest repository of source code in the world.

  • Article

    6 ideas for getting creative juices flowing...for almost no money

    When you work in a small newsroom and have to keep up with a daily news cycle, it’s tough — if not impossible — to hold week-long internal coding hackathons with your product team. Heck, you might not even have a product team.

    But that doesn’t mean there’s not time or room to innovate or think about new ideas. Below are six ideas that any newsroom, of any size, could use to ideate, share and learn. And they don’t break the budget or interrupt the daily routine for too long.

  • Article

    Want to start an amazing local newsletter? Better call Sol.

    Like many of you, I get a lot of newsletters about the news. I like to see what news organizations find important, how they write about those events and when they publish them. Do they try to get them out first thing in the morning, when people scan their email? Do they prefer afternoon, during a lull at work? How about after dinner, when people are winding down? Do they a/b test their catchy subject lines and animated gifs? How many links do they include?

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