At many news organizations the role of  “social media” has acquired an important status. Many editors in progressive newsrooms have begun to think about social sharing while assigning stories. Reporters are being encouraged to use social channels to find sources and confirm leads. Editorial web designers constantly incorporate social media buttons and widgets to optimize […]

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For news organizations, Instagram isn’t just about pretty pictures. It’s about the people they’re interacting with and the stories behind the images. “Instagram is so immediate and intimate that it creates this close connection with the user,” said Cory Haik, executive producer for digital news at The Washington Post. The Post uses Instagram to share […]

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Universities around the world are teaching a relatively new subject – entrepreneurial journalism. The revolutionary changes reshaping journalism have driven the industry to search for new financial models and respond to marketplace demands. Journalism schools are part of that search: Their entrepreneurial-journalism programs try to identify new sustainable business models, create new journalism tools, teach […]

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by Phillip Smith (Bio), February 21, 2013 I’m working on a fun little project at the moment that involves pulling data out of a Google Spreadsheet that is being curated by a team of journalists. The interesting thing about this project is that it so clearly illustrates the difference in thinking between people who regularly […]

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By Robert Niles Can democratic communities survive without a newspaper to provide them the civic information they need? That’s the question on many journalists’ minds these days? But I think it more enlightening to flip that question, and ask again: Can newspapers survive without the communities they need to sustain them? That, I think is […]

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