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How can news publications be better at translating the lived experience of their community?

Following on John Robinson’s piece yesterday on why news organizations should find their niche, Kevin Anderson takes a look at how they can be more relevant by reflecting community life. “Understand relevance to set priorities and find out what people really groove on, and allow the community to help you cover those passionate niches,” he writes.

How newsrooms can use Geofeedia to curate social media by location

Social media tool Geofeedia curates posts coming from specific locations, pulling tweets, videos, and photos from a variety of sources. The tool allows reporters to search by location, keyword, time range, social media platform, user and other terms, with options to display them on a map or timeline.

A guide to verifying digital content during breaking news situations

We’ve seen countless errors during breaking news, so journalists from the BBC, Storyful, ABC, Digital First Media and others have written a book with resources on the tools, techniques and step-by-step guidelines for how to deal with user-generated content during crises.

LA Times won’t print letters denying humans cause global warming

Conceding that he is no expert in science, Times’ letter editor Paul Thornton, says “when deciding which letters should run among hundreds on such weighty matters as climate change, I must rely on the experts — in other words, those scientists with advanced degrees who undertake tedious research and rigorous peer review.” He continues, “Saying […]

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