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Need to Know: August 24, 2020

Avoid alarmism when covering school reopenings, Facebook braces for contested election, and what ‘folk theories’ of journalism can tell us

Need to Know: August 21, 2020

Ad-free access as a subscription benefit, print comes to the rescue after a storm, and a new legal battle to watch

Factually: How the Postal Service story lends itself to misinformation

The current conversation about the U.S. Postal Service and whether it’s prepared to handle mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic is a perfect case study in how mis- and disinformation take hold in social and conventional media. The story contains many of the elements we commonly see in topics that are ripe for misinformation. But […]

Need to Know: August 20, 2020

Email ‘courses’ can help convert subscribers, gaps and bias evident in Spanish-language news, and more newspaper offices go away

Need to Know: August 19, 2020

Explain how political advertising works, tips to improve remote interviews, and a news vertical aimed at kids

Need to Know: August 18, 2020

Remote work drives local news resurgence, collaboration is up among foreign correspondents, and could PSAs fight conspiracy theories

Need to Know: August 17, 2020

How to make a ‘truth sandwich,’ why journalists should interview nurses, and freelancers form the Portland Press Corps

Need to Know: August 14, 2020

How journalism startups fail, how to handle QAnon conspiracy theorists, and can journalists partner with advocacy groups

Factually: Platforms scramble to contend with QAnon. Are they too late?

For people who thought QAnon existed mostly on the fringe of society, it might have come as a surprise this week when one of the conspiracy theory’s adherents essentially locked down a seat in Congress. Marjorie Taylor Greene, now the GOP’s nominee for the 14th congressional district in Georgia, is all but assured to win the seat […]

Need to Know: August 13, 2020

Major publishers close newsrooms, help your community thank its front-line workers, and how to use immersion journalism to tell a story