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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Things You Made, Oct 11

    By Lindsay Muscato

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    Our regular biweekly roundup.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Things You Made, Sept 13

    By Lindsay Muscato

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    Our regular biweekly roundup.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Event Roundup, August 26

    By Erika Owens

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    The Media Party’s back, plus a bunch of opportunities to help you and your newsroom.

  15. Things You Made, Aug 23

    By Lindsay Muscato

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    Our regular biweekly roundup.

  16. Hacking Our Hiring at the Star Tribune

    By Chase Davis

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    How we ended up with more applicants than we expected, a diverse list of finalists, and a shocking amount of unsolicited positive feedback.

  17. Event Roundup, August 19

    By Erika Owens

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    Project support program application from Freedom of the Press, plus a batch of events this week.

  18. How SRCCON Changed the Way I Teach Journalism

    By Lisa Waananen Jones

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    Attending SRCCON transformed my own perspective on teaching by demonstrating how popular education strategies benefit professional journalists—and you can also use these strategies in newsrooms and journalism.

  19. Event Roundup, August 12

    By Erika Owens

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    Lots of conferences to plan for over the next month, plus upcoming deadlines like for NICAR 2020.

  20. How 10 Newsrooms Built a Chicago Voter Guide, Together

    By Patrick Judge and Matt Kiefer

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    At the end of 2018, as Chicago faced a historic election with a wide-open mayoral race and all 50 city council seats on the ballot, a group of independent newsrooms decided to try something unprecedented with their election coverage: collaborate.

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