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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. Con el objetivo de mover el avispero

    By Sydette Harry and Gabriela Rodríguez Berón

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    Durante Internet Freedom Festival (Festival para libertad en Internet apoyando derechos humanos en todo el mundo) al inicio de este año, Gabriela comenzó a facilitar una versión del taller que Valeria Aurora, de la iniciativa ADA y consultoría Frameshift Consulting, imparte para empresas en California. Intenta concientizar sobre la idea de solidaridad interpersonal y el trabajo de descubrir privilegios en nuestras propias vidas. Adaptamos este taller durante SRCCON 2017 para específicamente aplicarlo a nuestro trabajo en periodismo.

  5. 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.

  6. Teaching and Brainstorming Inclusive Technical Metaphors

    By Nicole Zhu

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    A session at SRCCON 2017 on inclusive metaphors in tech.

  7. 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.

  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. Text, Audio, and Meaning: Lessons from TextAV

    By Molly Schwartz

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    A look back at a three-day working group on how captions and transcripts can improve the audio and video production process.

  11. Farewell, SRCCON 2017

    By Erin Kissane and Lindsay Muscato

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    What we did on our summer vacation SRCCON 2017.

  12. SRCCON Spotlight: Sometimes I Sit and Think About Evergreen Content…

    By Matt Dennewitz and Michael Donohoe

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    A session on wrangling content, and learning from each other about how to solve common problems.

  13. SRCCON Happens This Week, August 3 & 4

    By Lindsay Muscato

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    Getting ready for SRCCON 2017, with sessions from our vault and a look at what’s coming up.

  14. SRCCON Spotlight: Every Day I’m Juggling

    By Gina Boysun, Lindsay Muscato, and Justin Myers

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    Gina Boysun and Justin Myers led a session at SRCCON 2016 about how to handle competing priorities and build bridges across departments.

  15. SRCCON Spotlight: Through an iPhone Darkly

    By Joe Germuska and Lindsay Muscato

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    Joe Germuska’s well-loved session on science fiction gathered presenters for short talks on real and imagined futures, especially focused on prescient representations of media, culture, and interconnectivity.

  16. SRCCON Spotlight: Illustrating Investigations

    By Dolly Li, Allison McCartney, and Lindsay Muscato

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    Recap of the 2016 SRCCON session by Allison McCartney and Dolly Li on creating compelling visuals for abstract stories

  17. No Humans Were Harmed in the Making of These Docs

    By Lindsay Muscato and Ryan Pitts

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    A human-friendly doc sprint produced The Field Guide to Open Source in the Newsroom.

  18. Training Colleagues on Digital Security? We’ve Got Your Back

    By Ryan Pitts

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    Security has felt like a topic we ought to address for a while now, and we were thrilled to partner with BuzzFeed Open Lab this month on a convening designed to improve security knowledge and practice in newsrooms everywhere.culture and technology, so we hope you’ll help us keep this guide up to date.

  19. Welcome to Security Week

    By Erin Kissane

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    When the conversation in nerd-journalism concentrates around a particular topic, we sometimes assemble a theme week on Source to help collect the loose threads and encourage journalists (and designers and developers and data analysts) to document their related work. Sometimes they’re excuses for robotic fun, and other times a catalyst for difficult but necessary culture conversations. A Security Week in 2017, though, is a no-brainer.

  20. NICAR When You’re Not New Anymore

    By Andrew Nguyen

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    When you’re no longer new to NICAR, it’s time to start mentoring and collaborating with students and newsrooms who need your help. Here’s one perspective on making the jump from newbie to veteran.

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