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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 Khari Johnson

You might think of FOIA requests as something a single, intrepid reporter does in a vacuum, completely unaware of other requests the government is fielding, but on MuckRock, sometimes it’s a form of organized action. Sometimes people band together and follow various strategies to get the information they want. That’s what MuckRock provides. The platform […] more »

by Anne Li

I have a fear of failure. I don’t like it when my inbox has more than five emails sitting in there (at the time of this first blog post draft’s conception, it was at 400). I cringe when my desktop is cluttered with screenshots and downloads. These, for me, are true indicators of the clutter […] more »

by Meg Dalton

Think of it as the Y Combinator of public radio. Instead of churning out startup after startup, the NPR Storytelling Lab will apply the incubator model to its national programming and bring innovation to your ears, one broadcast or download at a time. National Public Radio (NPR) has been experimenting with storytelling techniques, tools and […] more »

by Catherine Gicheru

The launch of the Kenya Open Data Initiative in July 2011 led to the release of hundreds of data sets which, for a few discerning journalists and editors, opened up a new way of discovering, reporting and disseminating news. From the new data sets, journalists can learn details about budget allocations to Kenyan counties 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 »

by Meg Dalton

Think of it as the Kickstarter of journalism. Launched in 2013, Beacon Reader has been changing the relationship between writers and readers by allowing citizens to fund the stories they want to read. With its newest service, Bounties, Beacon Reader is taking it a step further by allowing citizens to not only fund, but also choose […] more »

by Matt Carroll

This piece was co-written by Catherine D’Ignazio If you run an online news organization, you face a problem reaching readers: How do you keep your brand in front of readers? How do you remind them that you exist and get them to return regularly? It’s not easy. But we have a free app — NewsPix — that can help. […] more »

by Chris Roper

It’s a truism, albeit an often neglected one, that journalists should write stories for particular, defined audiences, not for themselves, their peers or some fondly cherished but imaginary ideal reader. In too many cases, this is an instinctive process. A journalist embodies the particular brand he or she works for, the audience is a construct […] more »

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