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  1. Stuck in a Rut? Tackle Newsroom Frustrations With Board Games

    By Sara Konrad Baranowski and Andrea Suozzo

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    For our SRCCON session, we wanted to capture some of these workplace frustrations, but approach solutions in a different way. What if, instead of feeling discouraged and overwhelmed, we developed processes to boil those challenges down to their basic elements—people involved, tasks, obstacles and goals? What if we figured out how to tackle each challenge in a measured way, one step at a time?

  2. Building Better Story Formats for Live Coverage

    By Hamilton Boardman, Alastair Coote, and Tiff Fehr

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    Live coverage is a big challenge for newsrooms. It sits at the intersection of high stress moments and production-intensive story forms. We use a variety of tools to help us with breaking news, but they’re typically not forms we use day to day. And on top of that, we still need to think about improvements and new ways to reach our readers. SRCCON 2017 provided a unique opportunity for us to discuss the pros and cons of story forms we use for breaking news and live coverage.

  3. Databae, Better Bots, and the Automation We Need Right Now

    By Steven Rich and Aaron Williams

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    Find practical approaches to creating software to cover democracy, from a SRCCON 2017 session

  4. Aim to Misbehave: Allies and Privileges in Media Creation

    By Sydette Harry and Gabriela Rodríguez Berón

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    A SRCCON 2017 workshop on privilege, journalism, and dreaming of something better.

  5. Teaching and Brainstorming Inclusive Technical Metaphors

    By Nicole Zhu

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    A session at SRCCON 2017 on inclusive metaphors in tech.

  6. A Guide to Overcoming Debilitating Personality Traits

    By Emma Carew Grovum and Yoohyun Jung

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    How to navigate tricky social interaction and personality traits, with advice from SRCCON 2017.

  7. Social Engineering in Newsrooms with Hamilton and Burr

    By Hannah Birch

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    Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, two of the most successful guys operating during the dawn of American politics, faced a problem very similar to the ones we have in newsrooms today. They wanted to get things done at a breakneck pace, but the politics of dealing with other people slowed them down. Journalists have a similar issue. When you work in news, it can feel like working with other people is as much—or more—work as the journalism itself.

  8. Acknowledging Our Full Selves

    By Erika Owens

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    We know that each of us brings our identities, our experiences, our communities with us into this work. We work to make SRCCON a space where folks can feel able to explore how our selves shape our journalism, and find support from one another. And this year, with a relentless news cycle and threats to our communities and journalism itself, we needed space to acknowledge both the pain and the power we carry with us.

  9. Journalism Needs Better Skills Testing

    By Rachel Schallom

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    The main takeaway was to be intentional about your hiring process.

  10. Farewell, SRCCON 2017

    By Erin Kissane and Lindsay Muscato

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    What we did on our summer vacation SRCCON 2017.

  11. Practical Tips for Improving Mental Health in the Newsroom

    By Joel Eastwood

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    Every year, roughly one in five American adults experiences a mental illness. Working in a newsroom poses particular challenges to mental health: the job typically involves a high-stress environment, long hours, tight deadlines, exposure to graphic images and videos, and an unstable industry with uncertain benefits and job security. This July in Portland at SRCCON, dozens of journalists, developers and newsroom workers sat down together to share their personal experiences with mental health.

  12. Peer Reviewing Our Data Stories

    By Ariana Giorgi and Christine Zhang

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    As journalists who analyze data for stories, we strive to hold ourselves accountable to a high standard of accuracy. But checking our work is rarely a straightforward process. Newsroom editors and fact-checkers might not have enough data expertise. Often, we need an outside opinion. Ideally, we could ask each other for advice, or even turn to experts in other fields for help.

  13. Designing News Apps for Humanity

    By Thomas Wilburn

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    Reader trust is fragile and easily betrayed, and competition is fierce. Newsrooms can’t afford to ignore the way our work affects our readers when their contexts conflict with our expectations.

  14. When They Don’t Want You To Lead

    By Emily Chow and Kaeti Hinck

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    It’s challenging to find your feet as a leader, even more so when you’re in an underrepresented group. For people of color, women and other underrepresented groups, there are structural systems and power dynamics in place that make navigating the workplace—and leadership—especially precarious. During SRCCON in Portland, we gathered to talk about our experiences and ideas for how to navigate shared challenges.

  15. GIFfable Audio at SRCCON

    By Jane Friedhoff

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    Our SRCCON session was sparked by our work on an audio-sharing tool called Shortcut, which is a tool that makes it easy for podcast fans to share their favorite moments on social media. What seemed like a relatively straightforward project ended up spiraling out into a set of super-interesting questions around design, technology, and reasons why people share.

  16. Field Notes from SRCCON 2016

    By Katie Jansen, Ebony Martin, and Zara Stone

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    Three SRCCON participants share notes and learnings from this year’s conference in Portland.

  17. Hello from SRCCON 2016


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    Source is in Portland this week for SRCCON 2016. Here’s how you can follow along with us.

  18. The Myth of the Sole and Useful Story

    By Robinson Meyer

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    A newspaper investigation is a messy thing, and it generates a lot of stuff—papers, reports, spreadsheets, interview transcripts—that never sees publication. Should that change now that many publications work primarily online?

  19. A User-Centered Conversation at SRCCON

    By Lindsay Muscato

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    At SRCCON, we heard a lot about a user-centered approach. What does that mean for journalism?

  20. You Are Such Polymaths

    By Lindsay Muscato

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    At SRCCON, OpenNews’s two-day conference in Minneapolis last month, we basked in the collective smarts of 220+ attendees and nearly 50 sessions. Afterward, we heard a lot of lovely feedback (people like snacks and unisex bathrooms and child care, and we are so very happy you were happy). So we’d like to reflect back some thoughts about you. Like: it was really clear, in a tangible way, that you have more gears, switches, and hidden functions than Furiosa’s war rig.

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