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Mobile
by Francesco Marconi

Since the advent of the Internet, publishers have been trying to leverage distribution channels — such as social media networks — to drive traffic to their own websites. Now, though, content can be hosted and monetized on these third-party platforms through services including Facebook’s Instant Articles or Snapchat’s Discover. As such, we can see the emergence of a new […] more »

Technology
by Raymond Joseph

“If you build it, they will come” is the classic line uttered by the character played by Kevin Costner in the 1989 hit movie “Field of Dreams.” It tells the story of an Iowa farmer who keeps hearing voices telling him to plough up his corn fields and build a baseball stadium in the middle […] more »

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 »

Technology
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 »

Business
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 »

Technology
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 »

Business
by Khari Johnson

A few weeks back, Through the Cracks interviewed Michael Morisy, founder of Muck Rock, a website that allows people to crowd fund and collectively seek public records requests. Just recently, Muck Rock began to offer the Projects service, which allows people to crowdfund the records requests to dig up information and the reporting to find […] more »

Mobile
by Sam Berkhead

Since its inception, Twitter has been one of the most exciting ways to deliver and read the news. But for Twitter’s 316 million active monthly users, it can be a challenge to know exactly who to follow to get this news, especially as live events unfold. That’s why Twitter recently unveiled Moments, a feature that […] more »

Mobile
by Fannie Cohen

The International Women’s Media Foundation launched Reporta this week, a free app designed to improve security protocols for journalists working in hostile environments worldwide. The app features automated check ins, location tracking, an SOS button, and remote storage for photos and video. Executive Director Elisa Muñoz said the organization has long recognized the need for […] more »

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