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  1. COVID-19 story recipe: Analyze school enrollment changes in the districts you cover

    By Vignesh Ramachandran and Daniel Willis

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    The Stanford School Enrollment Project is a collaborative project that collects and normalizes school enrollment data from dozens of states, creating a dataset that didn’t exist before. Here’s how you can use the data to report on your community.

  2. Exit Interviews: Moiz Syed

    By Moiz Syed

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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.

  3. Answering your questions on how to redesign brainstorming meetings

    By Sisi Wei

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    Meetings belong to participants, too: overcoming tech barriers and snackable next steps

  4. It’s time to rethink how we report election results

    By Thomas Wilburn

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    We need to fundamentally rethink the ways we report election results. Many of our maps and practices—from early calls to “trends” in vote share on election night—are confusing if not outright deceptive. The question isn’t “how do we optimize for speed, accuracy, and volume?”, it’s “how do we make sure our practices improve democracy instead of just observing it.”

  5. Redesign your live meeting agenda doc with these templates

    By Sisi Wei

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    How to prioritize people who are participating on their own time

  6. Empowering editorial teams with product methods

    By Lindsay Abrams

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    The iterative, user-centered methods we use in product development make a lot of sense for content, too. Instead of pressing publish and hoping audiences like what we’ve produced, it asks us to have deep, ongoing conversations with those readers, viewers or listeners from the outset, de-risking our work by grounding it in an understanding of people’s needs.

  7. Network mapping: Learn a 30-minute strategy to find the right audience for your next project (and have fun doing it!)

    By Bridget Thoreson

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    Whether you’re developing a newsroom-wide strategy for connecting with audiences or you’re looking to quickly find sources for a single story, network mapping allows you to identify what you’re seeking to connect with audiences about, who cares about that topic and how you can reach them.

  8. News organizations: Here’s what your teams are trying to tell you about burnout

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    How leaders can #RethinkBurnout in journalism and create systems for organizational change

  9. I’m redesigning brainstorming for asynchronous participation and I love it

    By Sisi Wei

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    When I worked in newsrooms, one of the most frequent complaints I heard was about needing to go to too many meetings and therefore not being able to get your work done. But the problem has never been with meetings themselves — but rather whether the people calling the meeting effectively used the time and placed real value on other people’s time.

  10. Sincerely, Leaders of Color: POCs are expected to be exceptional at everything. That’s literally impossible.

    By P. Kim Bui

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    Leaders of color are dealing with a double standard: To be considered successful, you must be twice as good. To be a genuine leader, you must show people you aren’t perfect, and have things you’re working on, setting an impossible bar to more achievable heights.

  11. Slack moderator structures should share power and guard against burnout

    By Sophie Ho and Sisi Wei

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    Focusing on logistics, emotional labor, welcome and support, safety, and membership review

  12. Exit Interviews: Nausheen Husain

    By Nausheen Husain

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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.

  13. Sincerely, Leaders of Color: How to (not) ask for help finding applicants for your program or job

    By Angilee Shah

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    If you’ve already posted your job description, you might be too late to get the truly diverse pool of applicants you were hoping for.

  14. Sincerely, Leaders of Color: Lessons from SRCCON2021

    By P. Kim Bui and Emma Carew Grovum

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    Whisper networks, everyone needs help, what allyship means, and how there’s no universal answer to DEI

  15. Sincerely, Leaders of Color: Let’s talk about hurtful corporate speak

    By Tony Elkins

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    Here are a few phrases you should stop using immediately, and some alternatives you can inject into your daily conversations.

  16. Sincerely, Leaders of Color: What white allies can do

    By Emma Carew Grovum

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    We’re often asked by well-meaning white allies what they can do to support our work. Here’s just a few places to start.

  17. Exit Interviews: Charlie Johnson

    By Charlie Johnson

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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.

  18. Sincerely, Leaders of Color: Help Your BIPOC Interns Succeed

    By Benét J. Wilson

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    Supporting young journalists of color at the beginning of their careers is crucial to retaining them throughout the industry. What you can do to help them survive — and thrive.

  19. Story Recipe: Checking The Success Of Your State’s Efforts To Restore Voting Rights To The Formerly Incarcerated

    By Andrew Calderon

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    We learned that no more than 1 in 4 formerly incarcerated voters had registered to vote in the 2020 election in four key states. We’ve documented our reporting process so you can use it in your state.

  20. Sincerely, Leaders of Color: Burnout culture is everywhere

    By P. Kim Bui

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    But it starts at the top, and you need to have a hand in the solution.

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