social media
Best Practices
by Sam Berkhead

In today’s journalism climate, having social media savvy can be as important as traditional writing and reporting know-how — if not moreso. But with the ever-evolving nature of the web, reporting methods that kept readers engaged even two years ago may no longer work, meaning journalists must always stay on their toes in the social […] more »

by Mike Rispoli

The conversation about the future of journalism has long focused on how to save newspapers, how to adopt new technologies for reporting and distribution and how to find sustainable business models to preserve the news as we’ve known it. While these efforts are important, they focus on the business of journalism while overlooking journalism’s purpose […] 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 Matt Carroll

The “Future of News” at the MIT Media Lab spoke recently to Jeff Jarvis, one of the top commentators on the world of journalism, about how the industry can transform itself by rethinking its core tenets: we are not in the content business, he argues, we are in the service business. Between 2007 and 2014, Jarvis was named […] more »

Best Practices
by Jessica Partnow

Jama Abdirahman is a 22-year-old student at Seattle Central College. He loves photography and the Seahawks. His parents, who are from Somalia, hope he’ll become an engineer. It’s unlikely that Jama would become a journalist. Journalism is dying, right? Plus, people of color made up just 13.34% of US newsrooms in 2014. That’s less than […] more »

by Erica Honeycutt

I recently wrote a grant proposal for the INNovation Fund at the Institute for Nonprofit News requesting funding for a membership program for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, a digital publication focused on juvenile justice and child welfare issues. The odds of winning a challenge grant are always slim. So, let’s be honest, winning is […] more »

by Khari Johnson

Monday was Ry Rivard’s first day at Voice of San Diego (VOSD). He comes to the nonprofit news outlet from Inside Higher Ed in Washington D.C. and will work as an investigative reporter focusing on issues like housing and development. .@voiceofsandiego is one of the best local investigative outfits, and @ryrivard is one of the […] more »

Government & Politics
by Ryan Thornburg

Reporters in North Carolina are starting to use a new tool developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that will help them speed up their everyday reporting and find stories that are hidden in the mass of public data held by local governments in the state. Open N.C. has collected information from […] more »

by Ekaterina Basilaia

Russia Insider has a crying Statue of Liberty on its home page. She’s weeping into her palms as black clouds or smoke billow in the background. There’s also a poster of a Russian man dubbed “the hero of our time” for fighting alongside Ukrainian separatists. Some of what you see or read on Russia Insider […] more »

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