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  1. Sincerely, Leaders of Color: To whom it may concern

    By P. Kim Bui and Emma Carew Grovum

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    Sincerely, Leaders of Color is written for everyone in the journalism industry who cares about creating a more supportive environment for journalists of color to do their best work.

  2. We unionized the digital team at The Seattle Times. You can do it too.

    By Michelle Baruchman

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    The digital journalists at The Seattle Times recently unionized, joining their newsroom peers in the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild. This is a diary of that process: their timeline, resources they relied on, and decision points you might face as you consider a organizing effort in your own newsroom.

  3. Exit Interviews: Phoebe Gavin

    By Phoebe Gavin

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    Part of an occasional series offering feedback for journalism as an industry, through observations from news nerds who have recently left the field and still love it.

  4. What kind of change could we create, if we truly came together?

    By Sisi Wei

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    We heard repeatedly in 2020 that people wanted a space dedicated to anti-racism and equity work, where they could also share working knowledge and ask questions. So many people scattered across journalism organizations are already trying to make their newsrooms anti-racist and equitable — what kind of changes could we bring about if we worked together, shared knowledge together, took action together, and helped each other?

  5. Exit Interviews: Sara Simon

    By Sara Simon

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    Part of an occasional series offering feedback for journalism as an industry, through observations from news nerds who have recently left the field and still love it.

  6. Exit Interviews: Aaron Williams

    By Aaron Williams

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    Part of an occasional series offering feedback for journalism as an industry, through observations from news nerds who have recently left the field and still love it.

  7. How California newsrooms teamed up to gather pandemic data

    By Vignesh Ramachandran

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    Data journalists from eight California newsrooms all benefit from a joint data-collection effort. Here’s how the collaboration works to free up more time for local journalism.

  8. The conversations local newsrooms should be having about COVID-19 coverage

    By Ryan Pitts

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    We spent August and September in conversation with local journalists covering COVID-19, asking what they need most

  9. Meet the Baconator

    By Frank Sharpe

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    How ProPublica developed a caching technique that isn’t exactly a static site generator but retains many of the benefits of one, allowing them to retain the CMS workflows they love.

  10. Watch Parties: Reaching New Audiences, and a New Place of Vulnerability

    By Sisi Wei

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    How we planned and ran the SRCCON 2020 Watch Parties

  11. COVID-19 story recipe: A dashboard with at-risk health indicators

    By Dana Amihere, Alexandra Kanik, Lisa Pickoff-White, and Emily Zentner

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    We teamed up to build a dashboard that shows two kinds of data: how widespread COVID–19 is in a community, alongside health indicators that show how some people are more at risk. We’ve open-sourced the project so you can use it too.

  12. Introducing ‘Leavers’: results from a survey of 101 former journalists of color

    By Carla Murphy

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    For the first time in 50 years, Black and other journalists of color (JOC) are waging a public campaign to air newsroom grievances. How do we move away from 50 years of lip service to sustained newsroom diversity? This survey points the way.

  13. Tell us what you need to cover COVID-19

    By Ryan Pitts

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    For the next several months, OpenNews and Big Local News will work with local journalists to develop resources their newsrooms can use to better cover COVID-19. What should that support look like? We don’t know yet! But you can help us figure it out.

  14. Don’t panic. Collaborate.

    By Sarah Alvarez, Garance Burke, Matt Kiefer, and Michael Morisy

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    The Covid Public Info project launched this spring, and has alreadycollected input from thousands of individual community members, filed hundreds of public records requests, and compared notes with dozens of journalists. Here are some highlights of what we’ve learned so far, and ways for you to get involved.

  15. Memberkit 1.0: Upgrade your analytics and build a data-powered membership program

    By Brian Boyer

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    A field-tested set of reports, patterns, and techniques that can help your newsroom think about how to execute a data-driven strategy for membership.

  16. COVID-19 story recipe: Analyzing disparate impact based on race, poverty, and vulnerability in your area

    By Hannah Recht

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    As new COVID-19 hot spots popped up across the country and states began to release data by race and ethnicity, the team at Kaiser Health News reported on why the illness was striking Black, Hispanic, and Native Americans so intensely. Here’s how you can use the data to report on your community.

  17. A comparison of four major COVID-19 data sources

    By Irena Fischer-Hwang and Justin Mayo

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    A variety of datasets can help journalists track the spread of COVID-19. But which should you rely on? What’s the difference between them? What are the advantages and disadvantages to each? This guide will walk you through four major COVID-19 data sources: Johns Hopkins University, COVID Tracking Project, USAFacts, and The New York Times.

  18. COVID-19 story recipe: Using AHA data to analyze hospital bed capacity

    By Dilcia Mercedes

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    American Hospital Association data can help you estimate the total number of beds your region could need to treat patients in a COVID-19 outbreak, and how many beds are likely to be available based on expected usage patterns. Here’s how you can use the data to report on your community.

  19. COVID-19 story recipe: Identifying communities at risk from the pandemic and its economic fallout

    By Jayme Fraser

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    Using data from the CDC and the federal Health Resources & Services Administration, USA Today found counties that are both medically underserved and vulnerable to disasters—places where residents would be most at risk of losing access to health care during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here’s how you can use the data to report on your community.

  20. How to make sense of all the COVID-19 datasets right now

    By Sinduja Rangarajan

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    There are a lot of COVID-19 datasets available, and it can be hard to know how they differ and which ones are most trustworthy. Here’s an overview of current datasets that journalists can rely on for stories.

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