Poynter Institute: The General Data Protection Regulation is coming: How should newsrooms prepare?

You’re not located in the EU? If people in the EU read your material — which they do — you need to plan for the GDPR. It’s currently not completely clear how these laws may affect organizations outside of the EU, which means every organization that handles customer data needs to think about this. And to help you, I’ve made this little GDPR guide for journalists.

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Melody Kramer
Poynter Institute: Will robots automate our journalism jobs? In many ways, they already have

This takeover seems inevitable — 77 percent of Americans surveyed by Pew think it’s realistic that robots and computers will be able to do many of the jobs currently done by humans, but at the same time, most of us think that it won’t be our jobs that will be automated. The same Pew study says that the “majority of workers anticipate that their jobs or professions will not be impacted by automation to a significant degree.”

So what does that all mean for journalists?

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Melody Kramer
F is for Future: How to Think About Public Media’s Next 50 Years

It’s no accident that many of the past decade’s crop of start-ups are nonprofits, have membership models, or were incubated in the public media system. They share a public-service mission, but their focus repeats the errors of NPR in the 1980s and 1990s (i.e. a content strategy that was most appealing to white, educated households with plenty of disposable income.)

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Poynter Institute: Text-only news sites are slowly making a comeback. Here’s why.

These text-only sites — which used to be more popular in the early days of the Internet, when networks were slower and bandwidth was at a premium – are incredibly useful, and not just during natural disasters. They load much faster, don’t contain any pop-ups or ads or autoplay videos, and help people with low bandwidth or limited Internet access. They’re also beneficial for people with visual impairments who use screen readers to navigate the Internet. 

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Melody Kramer