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Why Bloomberg’s ‘What is Code’ received more traffic than any other article since the launch of the business site

Bloomberg Businessweek’s massive 38,000-word story “What is Code” has generated more traffic than any other article since the site’s launch, an accomplishment editor Josh Tyrangiel says can partly be due to the fact it reached several different communities. It was popular with coders, as well as non-coders who work in business, but the majority of […]

The killer of the old-fashioned blog isn’t Twitter or Instagram, but Medium and LinkedIn

Alexandra Samuel says social networks like Twitter and Instagram aren’t killing “traditional” blogs, but the hosted publishing offered by Medium and LinkedIn is. By publishing on LinkedIn, authors can easily reach a wider audience through their professional network than with a self-hosted blog. But Samuel says there’s a downside to immediately having an audience available: […]

A lesson from Circa: Its backend placed news events into a broader network of stories, providing ‘a structured vision of the larger narratives’

Mark Coddington says Circa’s atomization may have been just as influential on its production of news as it was on its presentation of news. Circa kept track of stories through a systematic branch system with each story part of a “main branch,” splitting off into a variety of stories. Coddington says: “When encountering a new […]

Margaret Sullivan on NYT’s new beat covering the super rich: It’s not ‘wealth porn,’ but about the effects of America’s new Gilded Age

New York Times’ Alessandra Stanley is moving to a new beat, covering inequality in America through “the richest of the rich,” a move Margaret Sullivan says readers found counterintuitive. Sullivan says the beat will not be about “wealth porn,” but covering America’s new Gilded Age in a “sweeping, big-picture way.” Dean Baquet says the beat […]

How a team of more than 50 journalists partnered to investigate the World Bank

Led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a team of more than 50 journalists from more than 20 organizations partnered together to investigate the World Bank for projects that left people physically or economically displaced. Because the story was spread through so many countries, ICIJ senior editor Michael Hudson says the news organizations benefited […]

How to use a rumor site such as to investigate scientific fraud

When dozens of news outlets were forced to publish corrections on their reports of a fraudulent gay marriage study, rumors of the study’s flaws had been circulating on the Internet for nearly six months, Ben Lyons says. Lyons says rumor websites such as is part of a growing number of gossip communities that can […]

Tips for reporting on diverse communities that aren’t your own

Covering diverse communities that you don’t belong to requires cultural literacy, a panel at the Investigative Reporters & Editors conference said. However, practices such as developing a diverse source list and better using translators can strengthen your coverage of diverse communities. Sabrina Vourvoulias of AL DÍA News recommends hiring bilingual journalists from the communities you’re […]

NPR standards & practice editor says Diane Rehm’s false comment to Bernie Sanders emphasizes the importance of double-checking information

When Diane Rehm asked Bernie Sanders about his dual citizenship with Israel and was quickly corrected by Sanders, Rehm says she was using incorrect information she got from a Facebook comment. NPR standards & practice editor Mark Memmott says this incident underscores the old newsroom adage, “If your mother says she loves you, check it out,” especially […]

How InTouch got the Josh Duggar story: Solid investigative journalism

Revelations about Josh Duggar’s molestation allegations were broken by a somewhat unlikely source, InTouch Weekly. The magazine may not be known for its investigative journalism, but editorial director David Perel says the story came together over a three-week period where reporters were dispatched to Arkansas and a law firm was hired to advise the magazine […]

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