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Good Questions Q&As

Our regular series of Good Questions Q&As take you inside the heads of leaders and thinkers who can illuminate the path forward for news organizations.

Many of the interview subjects are people in the news business doing interesting things. Others bring you powerful ideas from outside the news industry, from people like Harvard Business School professor and disruption theory expert Clayton Christensen, Microsoft researcher and youth culture expert danah boyd, or technology futurist Amy Webb.

Measuring investigative journalism’s impact on society: 8 good questions with James T. Hamilton

“The results of [investigative] reporting do not come cheaply, but they are a bargain to society,” James T. Hamilton writes in his new book Democracy’s Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism, out this month from Harvard University Press. Through his research, Hamilton, the Hearst Professor of Journalism at Stanford University, finds that while investigative journalism […]

Bringing diversity to the news industry: 5 good questions with Outlier Media’s Sarah Alvarez

When it comes to diversity in news organizations, Sarah Alvarez is taking action. The Stanford JSK Journalism Fellow runs her own news organization, Outlier Media, which is dedicated to providing data and valuable information to low-income communities. Alvarez previously worked as a senior producer for Michigan Radio, and she also holds a J.D. from Columbia […]

The end of “Fake on the Internet:” 5 good questions with Caitlin Dewey

The Washington Post’s popular weekly column, “What was fake on the Internet this week,” ended Friday after 19 months of debunking stories about new Oreo flavors, Syrians invading New Orleans, and just about every absurdity in between. Caitlin Dewey, who wrote the column for the Post’s Intersect blog, explained to readers that the decision to end it was […]

Global Guides: 10 Good Questions with WorldFixer’s Mike Garrod

Pursuing a story in a foreign area can be complicated and dangerous. Enter “fixers,” local people who for years have been helping journalists and other visitors make arrangements during foreign assignments. The duties of fixers vary by industry and project. In journalism, a fixer might be someone who knows a city well and can handle […]

T. rex Autopsy: 5 good questions with Erin Fifer, National Geographic research manager

The National Geographic Channel in June released an ambitious project that took eight months to complete: a (very bloody) hands-on, boots-on examination of what it might be like to conduct an autopsy on “the biggest, baddest meat-eater that ever lived.” A life-sized replica of the tyrannosaurus rex — with realistic-looking organs, blood and horrible dead-carnivore […]

What happens when a curation site emphasizes fact-checking? 5 good questions with Matt Savener of Upworthy

Upworthy defines itself as a curation site for “compelling, meaningful” content — and that content is typically shared widely, often going viral. When Upworthy was launched three years ago by top-ranking ex-staffers from MoveOn and The Onion, it quickly became known for a couple of things: Its speedy growth in both audience and investors; and […]

The forces that shape audiences online: 9 good questions with James Webster

The Fields of Dreams principle — “if you build it, they will come” — doesn’t apply to audience attention anymore. It’s not enough to just create media; you must also attract an audience to consume it. Capturing public attention now requires both making media and making audiences. In his new book, The Marketplace of Attention, […]

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