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  1. Event Roundup, November 18

    By Erika Owens

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    It’s SRCCON:LEAD this week and we have much to share, plus a bunch of upcoming deadlines.

  2. Spotlighting SRCCON:LEAD’s Talks and Speakers

    By Lindsay Muscato

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    Our speaker roster for SRCCON:LEAD’s talks is going to be amazing.

  3. Things You Made: Fire, Water, Foxx

    By Lindsay Muscato

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    Our regular biweekly roundup.

  4. How Would You Like Leadership in Journalism to be Different?

    By Erika Owens

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    As part of planning SRCCON:LEAD, we’ve heard from over 100 journalists about how they would like leadership in our industry to change. The answers were remarkably consistent: We need leadership that is more diverse, more interdisciplinary, more intentional in its development, and more open in its communication.

  5. Event Roundup, November 4

    By Erika Owens

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    Nonprofit Developers Summit this week, and the engagement community gathers again next week at People Powered.

  6. Abandon Normal Instruments”: How We Spent SRCCON Fighting Creative Block

    By Katie Park and Alex Tatusian

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    Regardless of what role you play in your organization, you’ve likely encountered creative block: Sometimes it feels like every story has already been done, or there’s no way around the problem you’re trying to solve. Here’s our attempt to figure out why it happens and what you can do about it, from our SRCCON session in 2019.

  7. Tell Us Who You’re Grateful For, and Thank a Peer Who Made the Year Better

    By Lindsay Muscato and Ryan Pitts

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    Express your gratitude to the peers who’ve helped you make it through the year known as 2019.

  8. We’re Building a New Central Resource for Public Data

    By Jacob Fenton and Jennifer LaFleur

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    Stories about conflicts of interest, influence, and accountability often require journalists to search across many different datasets, which are rarely in the same place. The Investigative Reporting Workshop created The Accountability Project to make much of that data available in one search.

  9. How We Visualized the Challenges and Limitations Facing Autonomous Cars

    By Chris Alcantara, Youjin Shin, and Aaron Steckelberg

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    How we reported and developed our own visual story to show the public how an autonomous car sees, thinks, and operates—in sometimes unexpected ways.

  10. Event Roundup, October 14

    By Erika Owens

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    Next week, we’re heading back to London for the Mozilla Festival, plus so many upcoming events.

  11. Things You Made, Oct 11

    By Lindsay Muscato

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    Our regular biweekly roundup.

  12. Invest in Trust and Make Projects Reproducible by Sharing Your Data Analysis

    By Janelle O’Dea

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    Sharing a data analysis is one tactic to open up your process and improve transparency. Showing your process to your audience, so long as you won’t burn any sources, is a great way to earn readers’ trust. It’s also a pathway to starting a conversation.

  13. How to Start Taking Digital Security More Seriously

    By Emma Carew Grovum

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    A starter pack of ideas for increasing the security of your digital footprint.

  14. Every Working Journalist in the U.S. Needs to Understand the 2020 Census. We’ll Help You Host a Workshop On It.

    By Joe Amditis

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    The Center for Cooperative Media has put together a guide to help you organize a 2020 Census workshop for local journalists.

  15. We Started Our Own News Nerd Training, and You Can Too

    By Rachel Alexander and Kaitlin Gillespie

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    Small local news organizations are increasingly scaling back their budgets for professional development—that is, if they pay for journalists to travel to conferences at all. To work on filling the gap, Northwest News Nerds runs data journalism conferences open to women and non-binary journalists in the Northwest. We wanted something aimed squarely at beat reporters in small and medium-sized newsrooms to show that data wasn’t just for the big kids with big budgets. We also saw a need for more spaces for women, especially women of color, to speak candidly to each other about the challenges they face in newsrooms.

  16. Things You Made, Sept 13

    By Lindsay Muscato

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    Our regular biweekly roundup.

  17. How We Made a Human-Centered Homicide Report

    By Lindsay Muscato

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    A Q&A; with the team behind Houston’s first homicide report, a cross-team collaboration that altered how different areas of the newsroom worked together.

  18. Event Roundup, September 9

    By Erika Owens

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    ONA is this week (and we’ll be there), plus IRE is looking for your NICAR ideas now.

  19. Our Industry Needs to Invest in Childcare, Especially for Conferences

    By Emily Goligoski and Marisa Mazria Katz

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    On the difficulty of journalism professionals arranging night and weekend care for their children and how employers, allies, conference conveners and other parents can help.

  20. Fix Your Feedback Loop

    By Bridget Thoreson

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    The solution to the horse-race coverage trap that is all too easy for newsrooms to fall into is what Jay Rosen of NYU describes as the “citizens agenda” approach. This involves turning to the citizens themselves before starting down the campaign trail and making a commitment to cover the issues that matter the most to them.

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