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What We’ve Been Reading and Sharing Dec. 1–15

Each day Sourcefabric shares on social media a wide range of stories affecting the converging worlds of journalism and technology. If you haven’t had the opportunity, be sure to follow us on Twitter (@Sourcefabric), Facebook (Sourcefabric), YouTube (Sourcefabric), Instagram (@sourcefabric_org), LinkedIn (sourcefabric) and, of course, here on Medium.

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In case you missed Sourcefabric project manager Karel Petrák introducing and discussing the newsroom benefits of our Superdesk Analytics Module at last week’s @MediaPrague, check out his slide presentation:

’Tis the season to be generous…with code. If you’re a developer and in the giving mood, consider contributing code to a Sourcefabric project. Meet other talented developers, make your work more visible, and help improve news technology in the process.

Tech Commuters recently reviewed Airtime Pro, calling it “hands-down one of the best radio broadcast automation tools on the market.” We couldn’t agree more!

Live Blog’s mobile app allows your live blogging team to contribute directly from their mobile phones — from the field and on the go. Our just-published quick-start guide makes using the Reporter app a snap.

As part of our media development work, we are proud to support EnviroPress in Mexico. Check out Metropol Valle, the newest addition to their regional environmental reporting network — and like and follow them!

Open Source, Tech, Tools

Only 40% of news organisations use artificial intelligence tools like NewsWhip and Dataminr to help report breaking news. Recent reports suggest newsrooms that fail to adapt such tools will become obsolete. via @journalismnews

Thanks to the rise of digital technology, reporters have more ways to get stories than ever before. Open-source journalists, sleuthing through publicly available online data, are breaking more big stories than ever. by @marcatracy via @nyt

“With its emphasis on raw facts, open-source journalism has an immediacy that is effective at a time when readers all along the ideological spectrum have become skeptical of the news media.” #OSINT journalists are using the power of open source to change the news narrative. We’re doing the same thing with technology.


Podcasting is a rare bright spot for the news industry, with younger audiences fueling growth of 32% this past year alone. @risj_oxford’s new report details news podcasting opportunities for publishers around the world.

Podcasting made incredible strides this past year, gaining mainstream acceptance. But bigger things are in store for 2020, as the audio format promises to get smart with audio search, algorithms, data, and AI leading the way. by @WilHarris via @Podnews

As more and more media organisations look to leverage their content into podcasts, here are six tips for creating the most enjoyable listening experience for your audience. by @damianradcliffe via @journalismnews

The State of Journalism

With so many journalism conferences taking place throughout the year, it’s not easy to keep track of all the major developments and emerging ideas. @twipemobile lists the top 5 things they learned at 2019’s industry events.

Sexism in the newsroom is nothing new. Many women have faced, and continue to face, issues of harassment and pay gaps. @DesJAlvarez shares 5 tips for women to overcome challenges in the media. @ijnet

Revenue, Audience Building

Publishers have moved on from the idea that the massive audiences on platforms would mean big revenues, according to a new report from @TowCenter. The focus now is on controlling revenue streams and serving the core audience. by @faisalkalim via @wnip

The latest addition to @AmPress’ Reader Revenue Kit details how publishers can optimise the onboarding of new subscribers in ways that boost their sense of attachment and encourage long-term loyalty. by @GwenVargo

Local Journalism

Restoring the health of local news coverage cannot be done by journalists alone. @JulieSandorf examines ways to get communities involved in tapping the democratic promise of our cities and countries. via @SSIReview

’Tis the Giving Season, and let us not forget about our local publishers. @NewsMatch provides critical support to nearly 200 regional, nonprofit journalism organisations in the U.S. Your donation will be matched if made before Dec. 31. #thisnewscantwait

Fake News, Misinformation

In the age of rampant fake news and disinformation, newsrooms around the world are taking measures to build and strengthen trust with their audiences. @ICFJ surveyed journalists in 149 countries to find out how they are countering the threat.

Today’s media environment requires journalists to be detectives of misinformation, and then be prepared to debunk falsehoods without amplifying them. @AmPress looks at strategies to combat misinformation, media attacks and polarization. by @Sbenkelman

@ejcnet and @DataScouting spent 18 months researching hate speech against journalists in order to help develop a data-driven approach to countering it. Here’s what they learned, along with resources to help journalists stay protected.



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