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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 »

Best Practices
by T. Christian Miller

After working on many data stories over the years, I’ve figured out a good set of best practices that I wanted to share. It’s not the only way, but it’s been the best way for me to tell a story with data. Step 1: Digitize I can’t emphasize this enough. These days, I try to […] more »

Best Practices
by Nicole Zhu

For the last four months, I’ve been working with four other students on a media startup as part of an entrepreneurship class at Northwestern. Last week, we launched Tellascope: social news for the intellectually curious. It took us 17 weeks to come up with that tagline. Seventeen weeks to solidify our target audience, nail down our […] more »

Audio/Visual
by Anne Wootton

I love thinking about the future of audio. I feel lucky because we get to think about it all the time at Pop Up Archive. I started Pop Up Archive with Bailey Smith in 2012 to help journalists and producers do a better job wrangling digital audio (wrangling in this context = digitally preserving and […] more »

Best Practices
by Jorge Luis Sierra

More than ever before, journalists who work in dangerous zones understand the importance of technology to improve safety and reduce risk. Xiomara Orellana, Daniela Aguilar, Ernesto Aroche, and Javier Garcia are four such journalists. Their experiences provide useful examples of what can be achieved with proper security training and the right technologies. Orellana, an investigative […] more »

Technology
by Meg Dalton

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation recently announced funding for 20 new projects through its Knight Prototype Fund, which helps media makers, technologists, and tinkerers alike take ideas from concept to demo. Innovators are given $35,000 grants–and six months–to research, test, and iterate before building out a complete project. Launched in 2012, the […] more »

Technology
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. Want to triangulate that photo of Russian tanks barreling down the streets of Donetsk? Check out the citizen journalism being done at Bellingcat, […] more »

Business
by Jerry Hall

How would you use the CivicArchive – an open, aggregated, searchable, and accessible national collection of municipal records? Prototyping a Concept In 2013, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Prototype Fund, we set out to prove that one could alert people when local government mentioned keywords of interest in their […] more »

Technology
by Matt Carroll

Storytelling is evolving. It no longer has to follow the same basic, linear structure. Digital stories are going nonlinear. They are being “atomized” — broken into component pieces and then reassembled in new and interesting ways. Look at the work done by Storify, Genius, Circa, and Embed.ly, to name a few organizations that are experimenting with new […] more »

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