Best Practices

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Best Practices
by Luke Kingma

Had Brandon Stanton known how quickly Humans of New York would grow when he launched it as a personal blog in 2010, he might have simply called it Humans. The photographer’s Facebook community is now twice the size of the city he first set out to census. His reach is far greater — HONY regularly receives high […] more »

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by Daniela Gerson

August 11 marked 50 years since Watts — along with most of South Los Angeles — erupted in six days of racially charged upheaval. Local and national media outlets marked the anniversary with coverage that revisits the police stop that triggered the upheaval, probes comparisons with Baltimore and Ferguson, and investigates the myriad and disturbing persistent problems. This is […] more »

Best Practices
by Mike Rispoli

One of the main goals of our News Voices: New Jersey project is to elevate the role of communities at their local media outlets. To that end, we asked our Garden State members to tell us how they consume news, what issues they care about, and how well they feel local media reflect their communities. […] more »

Best Practices
by Jonathan Morris

It’s amazing how interesting a project can become once you talk to the right people. When I was placed on the team tasked with creating a project that brings more transparency to the North Carolina court system, I was not excited. Courts were boring, but as I dove deeper into the project, I found an […] more »

Best Practices
by Josh Stearns

Creating more diverse journalism can’t just be about slotting people of color into the newsrooms we have, it has to be about transforming our institutions, our culture, and our storytelling. I’ve written before about the need for newsrooms to better reflect the diversity of their communities. This work isn’t tangential to creating more sustainable, impactful and […] more »

Best Practices
by Akoto Ofori-Atta

At this year’s NICAR event, I attended an hourlong panel called “50 Ideas in 60 Minutes.” I sat, doing my best to keep up as journalists Tyler Dukes and Mc Nelly Torres dexterously moved through a slideshow highlighting some of the most compelling data-driven news stories from recent years, succinctly describing each one in under […] more »

Audio/Visual
by Aleszu Bajak

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. The Confederate battle flag is a symbol that has long outlived the Civil War. Logan Jaffe, a multimedia producer for WBEZ’s Curious City […] more »

Best Practices
by Molly de Aguiar

At the Dodge Foundation, we just gave a first-time grant to the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) for a collaborative investigative reporting project here in New Jersey. I’ve been an admirer of CIR for a while now, not just for the quality and impact of its investigative journalism, but also for its creative storytelling which […] more »

Best Practices
by Kendra Benner

Take these three words: journalism, innovation, and education. Add them together. What do you get? Some people get a challenge. Innovating in journalism education isn’t easy. The media moves quickly. Traditionally, higher education does not. Some people get a question. There are innovative journalism educators out there. So, how do they do it? Finally, some […] more »

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