by Jim Bettinger

I don’t recognize most cinematic depictions of journalists or journalism. Caricature seems to be the default mode, and the people that I have been around my entire adult life become superheroes, cads, cynics and manipulators, working in a system that rewards volcanic egos, deeply rooted chicanery and excess at every turn. “Spotlight” is different. “Spotlight” […] more »

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by Aleszu Bajak

What kind of impact is climate change having on Native American groups’ subsistence hunting in Alaska? What stories do Baltimore’s aging seniors have to tell about a place once known as Charm City? And which corners of Richmond are hiding compelling stories in lost places like an African burial ground that was found under an […] more »

Best Practices
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 »

by Paty Gomes

I have been a journalist and journalism student for a decade. When I started my first professional job, in 2007, the dream of every young reporter was to have a scoop stamped on the front page of the paper the next morning. At that time, of course, we didn’t have the Internet on our phones […] more »

by James Breiner

Getting laid off is not always a bad thing for a journalist. In the case of Manuel Benito Ingelmo, it created an opportunity for him to develop something he had been thinking about for a long time. Benito Ingelmo was a business journalist in Salamanca, Spain, with an interest in statistics and data visualization. He […] more »

by Robin Evans

Andrew Losowsky, a 2014 JSK Fellow, is leading The Coral Project, an effort to rethink and reshape communications between news publishers and their audiences. The New York Times, The Washington Post and Knight-Mozilla OpenNews are collaborating on the project, which just announced its first product, a open-source “listening” tool to help publishers better understand frequent […] more »