Best Practices

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Best Practices
by ReadThisThing Team

Practically everything has changed in media. Here are some ways to build an audience, make yourself more effective, and find your path to success in modern journalism. We’re not pretending to tell you how to do good journalism. That part should be learned the ways it’s always been learned — mostly on the job. This post is […] more »

Best Practices
by Dickens Olewe

After seeing how Kenyan journalists cover flood stories, I was convinced that drones — also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — could be useful. Journalists could deploy them to get aerial views of what was happening on the ground instead of risking their lives using rickety boats to do their reporting. I also thought […] more »

Best Practices
by Josh Stearns

Collaboration is at the heart of the work we are doing through the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s Journalism Sustainability project which is focused on developing a statewide model for a more connected, inclusive, sustainable news ecosystem in New Jersey. We believe that quality local news is critical to healthy communities and that sustainability for that […] more »

Best Practices
by John Clark

People matter. I have witnessed the power of that simple truth all my life. People make things happen. In the Lab, the students’ success is my success. That’s exactly how it should be. When I became General Manager of WRAL.com, Jim Goodmon, Capitol Broadcasting Company’s President and CEO, gave me two pieces of advice for […] more »

Best Practices
by Alex Stonehill

When we started the Seattle Globalist three years ago, it was easy to see success as the simple act of creating a new publication from scratch. Every new post that we published and every new contributor we brought in felt like a small step toward our mission of elevating diverse voices and highlighting international connections […] more »

Best Practices
by Khari Johnson

De Correspondent, Krautreporter and El Español. In the past, we’ve called them The Big 3. They hold the distinction of being, as far as we can discern, the only crowdfunding campaigns to raise more than a million euros in seed money for news startups in the history of journalism. Editors of the Dutch, German and Spanish […] more »

Best Practices
by T. Christian Miller

After working on many data stories over the years, I’ve figured out a good set of best practices that I wanted to share. It’s not the only way, but it’s been the best way for me to tell a story with data. Step 1: Digitize I can’t emphasize this enough. These days, I try to […] more »

Audio/Visual
by Emily Hopkins

This piece was initially published on Storybench, a cookbook for digital storytelling. Storybench is a collaboration between Northeastern University’s Media Innovation program, a new graduate degree in digital journalism, and Esquire magazine. Since the latest wunderkind app Periscope, which allows anyone with a smartphone to easily live-stream video to followers, hit smartphones in March, media […] more »

Best Practices
by Charla Bear

After studying innovation in the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school), the Graduate School of Business, and Stanford’s School of Engineering, I’ve learned that one of the first things journalists need to be experimental is a reason to do so. That’s not as simple as it sounds given the demands of the job (deadlines, accuracy, […] more »

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