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  1. Last Thoughts for a New Year

    By Lindsay Muscato

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    Reflections on Source, as our editor steps away from the desk.

  2. Event Roundup, January 6

    By Erika Owens

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    Kick off the new year applying to a bunch of things!

  3. Things You Made: Last Roundup of 2019, Plus Community Thanks

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    Our regular biweekly roundup

  4. Celebrating the Collaborative Spirit Behind an Award-Winning Story

    By Sinduja Rangarajan

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    The human and socio-cultural elements of how an entire newsroom can come together to take a chance on a wild idea.

  5. How We Reported on Gunshot Victims’ Access to Trauma Care

    By Sean Campbell, Laura Laderman, and Maya Miller

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    Using data on the more than 12,000 shootings recorded by the NYPD in a 9-year-period, we mapped shootings relative to trauma centers and looked at the relationship between fatality and distance to a trauma center. We also looked at how the number of ICU beds in trauma centers nearby victims affected fatality.

  6. Know Your Own Blind Spots, When Covering Communities

    By Dana Amihere

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    How do we measure how well our coverage reflects the communities we are entrusted with reporting on? How do we check our work for social and cultural tone deafness, for blind spots and holes, especially when it comes to marginalized or vulnerable communities?

  7. How We Flipped Media Literacy and Built Community Literacy Instead

    By Cirien Saadeh

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    We are building a community with a different relationship to journalism. It’s an approach rooted in community literacy. For our first issue, we’re telling a different story of the MN State Legislature, by training community members to be journalists.

  8. Mining Social Media: Finding Stories in Internet Data

    By Lam Thuy Vo

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    Today we’re featuring an excerpt from Mining Social Media: Finding Stories in Internet Data by Lam Thuy Vo, which is being released this week.

  9. Event Roundup, December 2

    By Erika Owens

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    Knight-Mozilla Fellowship alum Christine Zhang hosts a meetup in Baltimore this week, plus lots of deadlines.

  10. Here’s What I’ve Learned About Transparency & Media Salaries

    By Amanda Hickman

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    A compilation of research on understanding current pay rates, to help close persistent pay gaps in the industry.

  11. Things You Made: Learning How to Texas, Deciding Where to Stadium

    By Lindsay Muscato

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    Our regular biweekly roundup.

  12. How a Community Engagement Editor Can Transform Your Newsroom’s Work

    By Lindsay Muscato

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    What does a community engagement editor do? What could such a role do for your newsroom? Derrick Cain of Resolve Philly explains his philosophy

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Things You Made: Fire, Water, Foxx

    By Lindsay Muscato

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    Our regular biweekly roundup.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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