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by Josh Stearns

On October 4 journalist Justin Auciello posted a video of a dramatic coast guard rescue to the Jersey Shore Hurricane News Facebook page. Within 24 hours the video had garnered nearly 350,000 views and more than 5,000 people had shared it with their networks. The video in question was not recorded by Auciello but by […] more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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 »

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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 »

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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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by Lope Gutiérrez-Ruiz

There isn’t a single answer to my challenge of making city data engaging and useful for citizens. During my research, however, I arrived at some insights I hope will help move the conversation about open data forward. We have to flip the open data model: Current “open data” solutions are built based on what data […] more »

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by John Clark

I don’t care. It’s a harsh statement that always takes people by surprise when they first hear me say it. It’s one of the first external complaints teams must address, and it lands without warning. Let me be clear, I do care about my teams and their projects. I care deeply about each individual, their […] more »

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