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Want to convince your newsroom to practice solutions journalism? There’s a guide for that


The Solutions Journalism Network on Tuesday released a guide that helps editors introduce solutions journalism reporting methods into their newsroom.

Solutions journalism calls for reporters not only to point out the problems in stories they’re covering, but also to offer potential resolutions and to highlight other approaches that might work. The network launched in 2012, and so far SJN has worked with more than40 newsrooms throughout the United States.

In January, SJN published a guide on how to use the solutions journalism approach.

The new report builds on those suggestions by offering a roadmap for editors to convince others to buy into the approach:

Here’s a link to the full 28-page report.

READ: Want to convince your newsroom to practice solutions journalism? There’s a guide for that.

A list of every hidden journalism-related social media group I could find | Poynter.

I’m overwhelmed by the number of different platforms that journalists use to share information, tips and job notices with each other. There are conferences and symposiums, not to mention Facebook groups and Slack channels and Twitter chats and listservs.

I prefer Twitter to the other mediums: it’s open and accessible. In order to participate in a closed Facebook group or Slack channel or listserv, you have to know that they exist in the first place — which excludes people who are not well-connected to already-existing circles of journalists.

I’m a big fan of getting new voices into journalism and keeping them there. One of the ways to help level the existing playing field is to make sure everyone knows about the groups that already exist. Many of these groups are not well-advertised and are hard to find, particularly if you’re a freelancer or new to the field. So I decided to round up all the ones I know about in one place.

This is not comprehensive. I do not know about every journalism-related social media group that exists.

Read: A list of every hidden journalism-related social media group I could find | Poynter..

Ad Blocking: A Problem in Need of a Creative Solution

Instead of Blocking the Blockers, Let’s Focus on Making Advertising Better

The adoption of ad blockers is climbing at an alarming rate, with usage doubling since 2013. The reason cited for this steep incline is that people hate advertising. Wrong. Sure, people hate irrelevant, intrusive and offensive advertising, but all you have to do is ask someone to tell you about their favorite ads and you’ll hear a very different story.

It’s true that we are moving into a period in which many more direct-to-consumer content offerings will become available, but it’s also unrealistic to think that 100% of consumers are going to pay for ad-free content services. Ultimately, content will need to be paid for by someone and even the direct-to-consumer offerings will likely contain some level of advertising, whether it be dynamically inserted or sponsorship integrations. So let’s stop entertaining the notion that advertising is going to go away and focus instead on improving the advertising experience — both its relevancy and targeting — so that, together with the content experience, we can truly delight and not alienate audiences.

READ: Ad Blocking: A Problem in Need of a Creative Solution.

The Story Behind New York Magazine’s Powerful Cosby Cover



By now you’ve likely seen the cover of this week’s New York Magazine. Thirty-five of the 46 women who have publicly accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault appear on the cover, dressed in all black and seated side by side, along with one empty chair representing those who remain silent. It’s a striking, memorable image that puts into perspective the sheer number of women who say Cosby abused them and have gone largely unheard over the course of four decades.

The issue features an essay by Noreen Malone and portraits by Amanda Demme in addition to the testimonies—in text and video—of the 35 women. When it was released online Sunday night, the cover drew widespread attention and prompted others to share their support of the victims and their own stories of sexual assault using the hashtag#theEmptyChair on Twitter. “It became yet another platform for all these voices to come forward, which was incredible,” says Jody Quon,New York‘s photography director. “We could have never predicted it.”

It was Quon who had the idea six months ago to start approaching the women who had spoken out against Cosby and see if they’d be interested in participating in a photo essay for the magazine. Now, after dozens of phone calls, group photo shoots in New York, Las Vegas and LA, and at least 40 different cover iterations, the issue is out on stands and online. (After receiving record traffic on Monday morning, the site went down briefly, apparently because of a cyber attack.) The dialogue that it has sparked online and in the media extends far beyond the allegations against Cosby and addresses a larger culture of silence that surrounds rape.

Read the full interview here:

The Midsize Newspaper Is Toast


There were 32,900 full-time employees in American daily newspaper newsrooms at the beginning of this year, down from 36,700 just a year before. The industry’s modern employment peak was 56,900, in 1990, although it stayed pretty close to that level until 2007. Then the newspaper business fell apart, with a financial crisis and recession accelerating the digital disruption of the advertising-based business model that had sustained the industry for decades even as readership declined.


The #mediadiversity conversation highlights newsrooms’ continued lack of diversity



What can newsrooms do to recruit more people from diverse backgrounds, and encourage more minorities into leadership roles? What opportunities, if any at all, are really out there for aspiring journalists of color to enter the field? What does it feel like — really feel like, on a day-to-day level — to be one of the very few people of color in a media organization? (New data from ASNE released this week found that only about 12 percent of journalists in newspaper newsrooms surveyed were non-white — a number slightly lower than a decade ago — and many corners of the broadcast and online journalism world don’t fare much better.)

A lively discussion on all of the above and more has been taking place on Twitter for the past day and a half, spurred by CNN politics reporter and former New York Times writer Tanzina Vega and other journalists likeGene Demby of NPR’s Code Switch and Latoya Peterson of Fusion. (It’s still going strong: look out for the hashtag #mediadiversity to follow the conversation.)

READ: The #mediadiversity conversation highlights newsrooms’ continued lack of diversity.

NPR releases open source social media tools for newsrooms

The Lunchbox suite of customisable apps helps social media teams create or tweak images for sharing across networks

Newsonomics: The halving of America’s daily newsrooms

If you’re lucky enough to have the right deep-pocketed owner buy your paper and steady it, you’ve won the lottery. If you’re in a town whose paper is owned by the better chains, or committed local ownership, your loss will probably be mitigated. Otherwise, you’re out of luck.

Cigar maker. Elevator operator. Pinsetter. Iceman. Lamplighter. Switchboard operator.

Local daily newspaper reporter?

How soon will we have to add this once-stable occupation to the list of jobs that once were — occupations once numerous that slid into obsolescence? (Not to mention the even more colorful spittleman [hospital attendant], rotarius [wheelwright], and hamberghmaker [horse collar maker].)

In this morning’s released annual census, the American Society of News Editors found its first double-digit decline in newsroom count since the Great Recession of seven years ago. Newsroom jobs dropped 10.4 percent — down to 32,900 full-time journalists at nearly 1,400 U.S. dailies, 2014 over 2013. That’s the loss of 3,800 jobs in just one year. (Detailed table at bottom of this column.)

How do we put this loss in perspective? This is only the third double-digit percentage decrease since ASNE began tracking newsroom staffing in 1978. And this year’s loss happened in the best U.S. economy in close than a decade. Daily newspapers have bled people in good times and bad.

At its top, newsroom employment hit 56,400 in 2001.

READ: Newsonomics: The halving of America’s daily newsrooms.

The Ethics Of Using Social Signals In News | The Whip

NewsWhip CEO Paul Quigley explains why use of social signals in the newsroom has become an essential part of newsrooms’ toolsets. 

Normally, any journalist would jump at the chance to be interviewed for the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR). As the pre-eminent publication for journalism professionals, a journalist turning down a CJR interview is like a musician turning down a Rolling Stone feature.

Yet when CJR Senior Editor Alexis Fitts was researching an article on the use of social listening tools in the newsroom, she was surprised to find staffers at most high profile publishers would ‘decline to comment’ on how they were using social signals to inform their editorial agendas.

Why so shy?



The Ethics Of Using Social Signals In News | The Whip.

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