Issue #84 | 2018-07-11
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New skills for the next generation of journalists

The European Journalism Observatory has analysed the changing face of journalism education as educators tackle the challenges of an industry in rapid change. 

The Guardian finds less polished video works better on Instagram Stories

After tracking and analysing its Instagram audience for two months, The Guardian found that while video drove more followers than static images, heavily produced videos with scripts and professionally edited were simply not worth the effort.

The SMS tool that connects reporters with their readers

During San Francisco’s mayoral elections in June 2018, the public was able to sign up to receive text messages from a local reporter and communicate with him directly in order get the latest updates.

Innovation: Pitch an idea and get three months to work on it

In an effort to ramp up innovation in its newsroom, Canada's Globe and Mail lets anyone on staff pitch an innovation idea and, if selected, be given three months away from regular duties to work on the project.

The FT is mixing journalism with theatre to reach wider audiences

Through the Contemporary Narratives Lab the publisher is experimenting with on-stage performances of its stories. 

The promises and pitfalls of reporting within chat apps

Mark Frankel, a social media editor at BBC News, recently finished a Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowship to study how journalists can best uncover and report on stories sourced from audiences on "dark social" apps, message boards, and other private, invitation-only platforms. 

How one newsroom is measuring the reach and impact of its journalism

A non-profit investigative news outlet in North Carolina has created a spreadsheet to score each of its news stories for reach and impact, giving it the data and insight needed to improve its reporting and identify skill gaps.

Long read: What if journalists covered controversial issues differently? 

A substantial but worthwhile read looking at what would happen if journalists covered controversial topics based on how humans actually behave when they are polarized and suspicious.

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