3 to read: 9 core ideas on newsroom inno | Revealing a source | Post Facebook: Reporter’s guide

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

July 13, 2018: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

  1. 9 core ideas around journalistic innovation: If you visited 50-plus journalism innovators across America and Europe, what common factors would you find? Start with that the most successful at engaging audiences and growing revenue are breaking a host of old newsroom true-isms. For instance, how about challenging the idea of staying neutral and instead working hard at informing people what they stand for. Or actively involving readers in everything from coming up with ideas to research, helping to become more transparent. These are some of the nine core ideas found by Per Westergaard and Soren Schultz Jorgensen who spent a year visiting newsrooms. Interesting stuff here.

2. Matter of conscience: Why a journalist revealed her source to the FBI: In the argumentative world of journalism, where any two reporters can’t even agree on what pizza to order, there is one rule that everyone agrees on: Never reveal your sources. But that’s exactly what was done Marcy Wheeler, who writes the emptywheel blog, which focuses on national security. Wheeler, startlingly, turned in her source to the FBI. Her reasons are still murky, but it involves Russian interference with the election. A fascinating read by Margaret Sullivan of the WaPo, with more to come, I’m sure.

3. Reporters’ guide: Why semi-open platforms like WhatsApp are replacing open platforms like Facebook: Facebook is losing ground as a place for news. But other closed and semi-open platforms like WhatsApp, subreddits, and closed Facebook groups are gaining ground. A guide by Mark Frankel, social media editor at the BBC, on how reporters can crack the code and find stories and sources.

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3 to read: Mainstream media misses rise of left, too | Good local news = better democracy| Change tactics to get whole story

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

July 7, 2018: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

  1. It’s not just that mainstream media missed the Trump wave…: Mainstream media was (justifiably) criticized for missing the rise of Trump. Now the same phenomenon appears to be happening on the left — mainstream media appears to be clueless about the rise of a left wing wave of support, as seen in the primary win of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over establishment favorite Congressman Joe Crowley in new York. A nice piece by Jon Allsop for CJR on the media fumblings of political coverage and what needs to be done.

2. Support local news — it’s crucial to our democracy: There’s a bitter lesson to be learned from the massacre at the Capital Gazette — it’s about the value of local news. Alberto Ibarguen, former publisher of the Miami Herald and president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, writes a stirring reminder that it’s local newsrooms that are the bedrock of our understanding of what’s happening in our community. A good read and a nice reminder, following a horrible incident.

3. Complicating the Narratives: How to get the whole story: Let’s face it: Life is messy. Which can make writing a story difficult, if a journalist is trying to squeeze excess messiness into a comfortable narrative. That’s what makes this article by Amanda Ripley for the Solutions Journalism Network so interesting. It’s a great primer on how to better interview and act with people. That may result in a more complicated, way nuanced story — which is good, she argues, because it better reflects people in the real world.

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Matt Carroll, a former member of the Boston Globe Spotlight team, teaches journalism at Northeastern University. Twitter: @MattCData. Instagram: mattcarroll54.