How newspapers connect the Royals’ World Series appearances

Poynter Top Stories - wo, 22/10/2014 - 18:33

Last Wednesday evening, I watched the status updates tick through my Facebook feed. I was on my 30-minute dinner break at my part-time bookseller job, away from television and radio. I posted a status update asking friends to keep their own updates coming, that I knew we – in this instance, the Kansas City Royals – were close.

An office building in Kansas City after the Royals won the ALCS. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

After my shift ended, I checked my phone once again, and I chuckled at The New York Times news alert that confirmed what I had already known for three hours. Headline: “Royals Keep Rolling, and Advance to the World Series.” The first paragraph read even more humorous: “After going 29 years without playing a single postseason game, the Kansas City Royals are making up for a lot of wasted time.”

And during that long stretch of nothing between 1985 and 2014, there was one common thread to the experience of watching the Royals cause intermittent euphoria: Newspapers.

My parents attended Game 6 in Kansas City on Oct. 26, 1985, a little less than two months before I was born. There’s a photograph of me in 1986 wearing a Royals outfit at 4 months old. But I didn’t really get introduced to the magnitude of the Royals’ eventual series win until I found a cardboard box in the basement.

My father had collected stadium plastic cups, ticket stubs, programs, and at least two World Series shirts. The box also holds lots and lots of newspapers.

I had called my dad that Wednesday afternoon to see if he wanted me to get him a copy of The Kansas City Star in the morning. My full-time job starts at 3:30 a.m. each day, and I knew that I would need to hit the rounds of gas stations at my soonest possible morning break if I were to get one. (One of my Facebook friends, aged 30, posted a Facebook photo at 7:50 a.m. Thursday of his stack of copies, proudly proclaiming that he had cleaned out the nearest 7-Eleven and was looking forward to one day passing along the copies to his future children and grandchildren.)

No need: Dad’s been buying them at the gas station throughout the last month’s ride, not just Thursday’s “World Class” issue.

"World class." Your @KCStar front page on the #Royals reaching the World Series. pic.twitter.com/3Mx2VWZrpG

— Charles Gooch (@drgooch41) October 16, 2014

Last Thursday I asked him why he still buys the papers.

He likes the articles about the different players, the in-depth profiles, not just of the Royals but also for the San Francisco Giants.

I ask when he thinks we stopped subscribing to the Star at our house, two hours west of Kansas City in Wamego, Kansas. He doesn’t remember taking it in the first place when I was growing up. I laugh and tell him that of course we did. I read “FYI,” the features section, from start to finish daily (and, if I skipped a day, I remember going back and getting caught up on my horoscopes, national music news and celebrity birthdays).

My mind also turns to my late grandfather at this time. John DeWeese adored newspapers. He took both The Star and the Kansas City Times, which ceased publication in 1990. My grandmother’s kitchen table still bears the imprint of newspaper ink from where Pops read his papers every day.

He’s been gone almost 15 years now. I wonder, what would Pops think of the Royals making it to the World Series? Would he share an interest in the Internet like my grandmother? More so, would he be sure to get a copy of each morning’s newspaper, even if the Royals were — as usual — having a mediocre season?

I know for sure the answer to the last question. In 2008, one month after I graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in journalism, I pulled myself away from job applications and wandered into my grandmother’s basement, to my grandfather’s desk, which remains the same since his death in April 2000. There, his fill-in-the-blank desk calendar from 1997 is still sitting. Many of the dates’ questions remained blank, but I happened upon one date that asked, if he could go into any profession he wanted, what it would be.

Journalism, he wrote in his near-perfect cursive.

My mind jumps back to a block away, to my own childhood home, and the basement. I ask my father what editions are in the box – just World Series games, or all of the coverage leading up to the seven games?

He’s not sure. The box might not even exist anymore, he says, laughing – it might have gotten thrown away.

“Nah,” I say, with a laugh back. It has to be there. Nearby, in a similar box, there is a box filled with newspaper clippings and magazine issues paying tribute to Princess Diana, who died when I was in the sixth grade. Those are my mom’s.

Greater Kansas City is now my home, and I’ve lived and worked on both sides of the state line. The former daily newspaper reporter in me is elated, to know that stands are selling out, that fans of all ages have rushed out to purchase their commemorative copies. I don’t want to be skeptical. I want to be in the here, in the now, celebrating the success of not only our baseball team but also the sales and general interest in the newspaper. I want this part of 1985 to stay with us permanently.

It’s been 18 months since I’ve held the title of daily newspaper reporter, but my mind is weighed down with questions: How long will the sales momentum last? Is too much of a good thing ever bad? If it takes us another 29 years to make it to postseason play, will we still be able to purchase our tangible ink copies of celebration in the future?

My five years of professional work experience in print journalism taught me patience, to take each deadline, each issue, each day as it comes, with grace and virtue and the hopes of getting to do it all over again in the next 24 hours. That is how I choose to answer my questions right now. What I do know – for now, at least – is that once the World Series is finished, I won’t go back and read through the Facebook status updates or the New York Times news alert that I forwarded to my family.

I’ll go treasure hunting for that nearly 30-year-old cardboard box. Should it still exist, I’ll gingerly lift out the newspapers and hold the history in my hands. If they’re still around, part of me wants to properly archive them in acid-free folders as an early Christmas present to my father. Really, though, the box will remain where it is, perhaps gaining a new neighbor with the stories of 2014.

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Find a Home for Your Music Features and Essays at TheFader.com

10000 words - wo, 22/10/2014 - 18:09

If music magazine Fader hasn’t worked with you in the past or isn’t familiar with your writing, the chances of making it onto its glossy, visually striking pages are slim.

However, if you have a really compelling, focused idea for a piece on an up-and-coming artist or the music industry itself, you’ll want to focus your energies on pitching to Fader‘s websiteFader is as committed to publishing what editor-in-chief Naomi Zeichner describes as “meaty features” online as it is in the magazine:

TheFader.com is where you’ll see the publication expanding its editorial territory to 500- to 1,500-word critical and personal essays and “big, reported features” that can run upwards of 2,500 words. Pieces focused on the business and tech sides of music can do well here.

For more, including how to craft a pitch the editors will notice, read: How To Pitch: The Fader.

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Nieuwe circulaire laat 100 procent betaling in auteursrechten toe

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Opening up the archives: JSTOR wants to tie a library to the news

The Journal of Parasitology published its first issue in September 1914. The academic journal — which, you’ll be surprised to learn, publishes scholarly writing about the study of parasites — is celebrating its 100th anniversary this fall. You can even buy a t-shirt to mark the occasion! But unless you’re a parasitologist, it’s unlikely you’ve even heard of the journal, let alone were aware of its major birthday.

But JSTOR Daily, a new online magazine from the digital academic library JSTOR, is looking to introduce academic research and scholarly writers to a broader audience. So JSTOR Daily ran a short post commemorating the anniversary while explaining the future of parasitology and how climate change is changing the nature of how parasites are studied.

JSTOR Daily describes itself as “a cross between The American Scholar, Arts and Letters Daily, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Pacific Standard, and a general culture magazine like The Atlantic or The New Yorker.” There are more than 2,000 academic journals — including all 100 years of The Journal of Parasitology — in JSTOR’s archive and the new site’s defining feature is its ability include information from that massive library. Each JSTOR citation includes a link back to the original content, which users can then access for free. So in the story on the Journal of Parisitology, those who want to learn more can read Maurice C. Hall’s “Experimental Ingestion by Man of Cysticerci of Carnivore Tapeworms” in full.

“How do you connect the public with the ideas of scholars in a more regular way, in a more daily way? How do you get people to look a little more deeply at the issues that are affecting us as people or countries?” said Heidi McGregor, the vice president of marketing and communications of JSTOR’s parent, describing the thinking behind starting the site. “It really came out of that, and an online magazine seemed like an obvious way to do that,” she said. JSTOR’s goal is to attract 100,000 unique visitors to the site per month. (JSTOR.org is averaging 6.7 million overall pageviews per month so far in 2014, McGregor said.)

Access to JSTOR isn’t cheap, and the repository was widely criticized after Internet activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide in January 2013 for the walls it puts around its content. At the time of his death, Swartz was being prosecuted by the federal government for stealing 4.8 million articles from JSTOR. McGregor, who has worked for JSTOR since 1998, said they have long tried to increase access to its library and that the Swartz incident didn’t directly impact the development of JSTOR Daily — though she added that “it’s almost impossible for that whole situation not to be in any thought process.”

Most university libraries subscribe to JSTOR, but for individual researchers, the costs to accessing the material can be prohibitive. In recent years, JSTOR has launched a number of efforts to allow wider use of its library. Last year, it introduced JPASS, which allowed users to access and download older journal articles for $19.95 a month or $199 annually.

“It’s a really fun kind of writing, to kind of have an excuse to highlight the research and researchers that are in JSTOR, which is just this incredible archive — but for most people it’s locked behind a paywall, and it’s also locked behind the language that scholars sometimes use,” said Ruth Graham, who writes for the site. “It’s a great excuse to haul it out into the light and write about it in a way that connects to the general reader, because a lot of it is totally fascinating and deserves a wider audience.”

RELATED ARTICLEThe leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media ageMay 15, 2014JSTOR is primarily a digital library, but it shares a problem with many news organizations: how to maximize the value of its voluminous archives. “We can be both a daily newsletter and a library — offering news every day, as well as providing context, relevance and timeless works of journalism,” The New York Times wrote in its innovation report, leaked back in May.

That’s the kind of attitude JSTOR Daily editor Catherine Halley has brought to the site. Halley, who was previously director of digital programs at the Poetry Foundation, was brought on as the site’s only full-time employee in April. Halley is based in New York and works with another part-time editor in Chicago and a roster of freelance writers — a mix of journalists and academics — from around the country.

The site launched publicly in late September, officially in beta. Halley said she expects JSTOR to roll-out a more customized version of the site, which runs on WordPress, next year. JSTOR Daily publishes two to three short posts per day during the week, and it also runs a longer feature stories and blog posts every Wednesday and Saturday.

Thus far the mix has included stories with headlines like “The Atlanta Symphony strike from an organizational science perspective” and “Indian leopards living high on the dog,” which is about leopards in urban areas in India who…eat dogs. JSTOR Daily has also introduced some recurring columns like (Un)Catalogued, a column historian Megan Kate Nelson writes on archival research.

JSTOR Daily won’t be breaking any stories, Halley said, explaining that she hopes the site will “provide the backstory to the news” — if articles are tied to the news cycle at all. “I want to emphasize the experimental nature of this,” she said. “We’re going to see what sticks, what sorts of things people are interested in, and how they want to find out about what’s in JSTOR.”

Halley reiterated that while JSTOR continues figuring out its exact publishing strategy and how it wants to become a content producer. “JSTOR is primarily a digital library, and we haven’t produced our own content before, so this is a real shift for the organization,” Halley said.

JSTOR doesn’t own all rights to the materials in its library, so there are restrictions on what JSTOR Daily can include and link back to. McGregor said that JSTOR Daily has access to about 80 percent of the archive, and writers told me that the restrictions weren’t too limiting.

“It really just depends on what I happen to stumble upon in the archives that’s really interesting,” said writer Livia Gershon. “If I find something that I feel like would be interesting to me — I would love to read somebody bringing this to my attention, even if it’s a bit of a stretch to tie it into something that’s going on — I still try to go for that.”

Photo by Barta IV used under a Creative Commons license.

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Nieuw magazine voor mannen met prostaatkanker

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Six fresh ideas for news design from a #SNDMakes designathon

The Society for News Design hosted its second #SNDMakes hackathon in Boston this past weekend. The last iteration of the event was held in Indianapolis, hosted about two dozen designers, developers, and journalists, and produced a handful of ongoing projects. This fall’s event was hosted by Upstatement, the Boston-based design firm that’s worked with a number of media clients, including The Boston Globe, NPR, and Global News.

geeks gonna geek #SNDMakes pic.twitter.com/9mHsAmQJlq

— Ryan D Ghost, BOO (@sixfoot6) October 17, 2014

#SNDMakes Boston participants came from both legacy media companies — including the Globe, ESPN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times — and new media outfits like Vox Media and Slate. These attendees, around 40 in all, split into six teams, each of which would produce a prototype for a news product by the end of the weekend. The idea was to organize teams based on variation in backgrounds, in hopes that not only would a viable product be conceived, but also that participants would be exposed to skills and expertise they might not encounter regularly in the workplace.

RELATED ARTICLEReinventing the story experience at SND PrototypesApril 2, 2014“Within the context of the organization, #SNDMakes is one way we contribute to the industry by providing a vehicle to facilitate discussions about real problems all news organizations face,” says facilitator and SND digital director Kyle Ellis. “If you go back to our earliest days, SND was actually talking about convergence before that was a word people used. So, for us, #SNDMakes represents the desire to promote innovation and thought leadership, which are values we’ve always stood for.”

Each iteration of #SNDMakes is designed to help participants answer a question. This time, the question was “How might we improve the content creation process for news?” Taking that as inspiration, each team brainstormed a narrower query, one that would hopefully be answered by their end product.

Very early brainstorming taking shape at #sndmakes! pic.twitter.com/9Pd4lgDwb2

— Kyle Ellis (@KyleEllis) October 17, 2014

Though not every team followed through on their initial plan and each team ended up at different points of functionality, the questions and themes of the event are worth documenting. And so, without further ado, let’s take a look at what each team came up with.


Meet the teams at #sndmakes! Team 1: @risatrix, @steyblind, @sixfoot6, @elainanatario, @rreibstein, @MikeACase

— Kyle Ellis (@KyleEllis) October 17, 2014

Team 1’s project took up the question of how to guide a reader’s path through a website. “On sites like Vox.com, you often find that authors manually insert links at the end of an article that end up competing with the more impersonal metric or topic-oriented next-click modules below,” says team member and Vox developer Ryan Gantz. Instead of content recommendation based on most shared or most read, Team 1 asked, why not recommendations based on the reader’s personal interests, or an author they like? These could be algorithmically generated or executed by a person, as long as they target the user.

Gawker already uses a system something like this — when you read a story by an author, a left sidebar offers other headlines recommended by that author.

To build out their concept, Team 1 used Vox as a model (two of its members were Vox employees, and Vox was the best-represented company at #SNDMakes, but they said this didn’t influence their decision). For the prototype, they experimented with a variety of possibilities for what recommendation generators could be — an individual, a content theme, a brand, or a team. The design was inspired by Yo.

Team1 at #SNDMakes: How might we encourage publishers to be better curators of next click? Chaperones w/ personality. pic.twitter.com/4u7KEUdyLG

— Ryan D Ghost, BOO (@sixfoot6) October 19, 2014

There are also multiple navigation modes in consideration. One metaphor the team built around was the DJ. “After reading an article or watching a video, a user chooses a DJ that suits the mood or authority they seek in a next read, rather than a topic or headline,” says Gantz. Another mode of consumption the team thought about was the newsletter or daily brief. For example, Ezra Klein fans who don’t want to read all of Vox could flip through Ezra’s 10 recommended stories on an Ezra Klein playlist screen.

Writes Lisa Williams, who participated in and kept notes on #SNDMakes: “This reminds me of those little handwritten shelf tags in independent bookstores, written by staffers recommending a particular book.”

The idea is interesting both from an editorial perspective, in terms of serving readers the content they want, and from a business perspective, in that it could, if successful, increase time-on-site, an increasingly important metric for advertisers.


Team 2 at #SNDMakes: @whichlight, @natronic, @dheerja, @FinkTweets, @christhorman

— Kyle Ellis (@KyleEllis) October 17, 2014

Team 2 wanted to tackle the problem of why content creators often make design decisions that might work for their own site, but don’t look as good or work as well when viewed natively on social media platforms. Facebook and Twitter offer services where users can paste a link and see how it will look when posted, but the Pre-Post team wanted to centralize those features for multiple social platforms in one place.

“For example, a Vox.com editor would create a story in their CMS with a headline, images, etc. that would look great on the Vox homepage, but may be over the character limit or missing an image on Facebook/Twitter. Checking their content on every single platform after publishing is simply a lot to ask of individual content creators, especially when they’re focused on timeliness of content,” says ESPN’s Dheerja Kaur, who product managed the Pre-Post team.

Hacking w/ #SNDMakes team 2. We're creating solutions for editors to visualize their content on social media. pic.twitter.com/PVOgkAwh0n

— dheerja (@dheerja) October 18, 2014

A special blend of skills made Pre-Post come together smoothly. For example, team member Kawandeep Virdee brought data parsing skills from his job at Embedly to the table that allowed Pre-Post to be more universally functional. Virdee says the team is working to make the product available as a standalone tool for anyone to use.

“PrePost is ideal for integration directly into a CMS,” says Kaur, “but it’s also great for independent creators to check on their content to figure out why it might not be performing as well on certain platforms.”

Team2 at #SNDMakes: preview how any story URL will look across social services to encourage copy, crops, optimization pic.twitter.com/zX7yEJQu2M

— Ryan D Ghost, BOO (@sixfoot6) October 19, 2014


Team 3 at #SNDMakes: @stevechiagozie, @dharris, @steveclancy, @lisawilliams, @theresourceress, @putneydm, @seandillingham

— Kyle Ellis (@KyleEllis) October 17, 2014

Featuring teammates from Vox, Slate, INN, Upstatement, KPCC, and beyond, Team 3 wanted to tackle a hot-button issue around content creation — verification. Their project, Legit, looks at how fact-checking processes can be fused more seamlessly into a journalist’s workflow.

“Early in our process, Sean Dillingham pointed out that when there’s breaking news people turn to social media because it’s fast and they care more about the speed of the news than the legitimacy,” writes team member and Slate staffer Doug Harris in an email. “At the same time, professional news organizations can seem to be slow because we must care about the legitimacy of news.”

The goal of Legit is to help reporters keep track of tweets as they verify them, whether via geolocation or traditional reporting. Journalists can search tweets around a theme — for example, tweets that mentioned @BarackObama and include the hashtag #EPA — and give them a thumbs up or thumbs down. (You can demo that process here.)

Team3 at #SNDMakes – Legit is a tool for journalists to identify and verify sources on Twitter across followed topics pic.twitter.com/toDXeRkj8l

— Ryan D Ghost, BOO (@sixfoot6) October 19, 2014

The Legit team has other ideas about the process of fact-checking. Could a bot be used to raise awareness of hoaxes by tweeting at people who retweet false information? Could users become part of the process? And what about platforms beyond Twitter, like Reddit or Instagram? Harris writes that, down the line, a comment box could provide reporters with a place to explain why they approved or rejected a tweet.


Team 4 at #SNDMakes: @jmfbrooks, @cj_ballard, @gcstaublin, @MichaelWorkman, @alishalisha, @IntrusionSignal, @jaredNova

— Kyle Ellis (@KyleEllis) October 17, 2014

Team 4’s project is focused on helping journalists quickly and efficiently find a perspective on a breaking news story that competitor outlets might not have thought of yet. (My name suggestion, Take Machine, came too late, after the name Anglr had been decided upon, alas.)

“The question we tackled was how might we help journalists bring a unique perspective on a story to reach the target audience?,” says team member and Hacks/Hackers executive director Jeanne Brooks. “Enter Anglr, a search tool for journalists that helps you quickly identify a unique perspective to your story. You can search keywords to see the top stories on Google News, social ranking of each result based on Twitter and Facebook shares, and related keywords.”

Team 4 at #SNDMakes : a search tool for journalists looking for fresh angles on their story… "Anglr" pic.twitter.com/nXOm40n3HA

— Christopher Ballard (@cj_ballard) October 19, 2014

Lots of companies, including Twitter and Facebook, are thinking about ways to visualize what’s trending. Anglr would be a tool that does that, but with a very specific user in mind — a blogger or journalist under pressure to produce a lot of content quickly. “As we iterated on the idea, we identified a number of pain points for journalists. We felt the social data as part of the search was important because frequently editors and reporters need to make decisions not just on the story angle but on the story template as well,” says Brooks. “We thought if they were able to quickly see where information was spreading across social on their topic, they could use that to inform story format and distribution.”

Brooks says the idea was intriguing enough that participants plan to keep working on finessing it.

@gcstaublin @cj_ballard @MichaelWorkman @IntrusionSignal @jaredNova @jmfbrooks can we get Anglr up on github.io? would love to keep fiddling

— Alisha Ramos (@alishalisha) October 20, 2014


Team 5 at #SNDMakes: @mclaughlin, Rob Martinez, @t1to98, @SquirrelSheryl, @kaeti, @kamal_ay, @chrismchaines

— Kyle Ellis (@KyleEllis) October 17, 2014

After some deliberating, Team 5 decided to tackle homepage optimization. Hmpgr is supposed to allow producers more flexibility when it comes to things like story hierarchy, image size, and headline placement. The idea, teammates told me, was to give designers back some of the control they had in the days of print.

.@kamal_ay working out user flows at #sndmakes this morning. #nerdherd #team5 pic.twitter.com/nkxlbtMDpJ

— Sheryl Sulistiawan (@SquirrelSheryl) October 18, 2014

“Usability is not a core tenant for most CMSes,” says participant Kamal Grey of ESPN. “I thought it was an isolated issue, but it seemed as though a lot of my peers face the same issues with their respective editorial tools. While there are a number of third-party tools in the market, there still seemed to be a large opportunity to improve the user experience for content creators and develop tools that make their jobs easier.”

hmpgr: get a handle on your homepage. https://t.co/vXmawXlFMd #sndmakes pic.twitter.com/ZuhfTyTPiN

— Kaeti (@kaeti) October 19, 2014

The team prototyped the idea using The Verge’s homepage as a model. The challenges they ran into in conceptualizing the project are common ones: Would it be responsive? Would it work with different CMSes? They also asked more philosophical questions: What does a homepage mean, and who should have control over it? Throughout the process, Team 5 was concerned with questions of context, and how a homepage should be organized to best serve the audience.

Reactions to Hmpgr were very positive, though the idea does seem best optimized to a rectangle-based web. The team managed to get a sleek demo up and running; documentation of their brainstorming and building process are available on GitHub.


Team 6 at #SNDMakes: @jmm, @aschweig, @ramoved, @komickiller, @durple, @ej_baker

— Kyle Ellis (@KyleEllis) October 17, 2014

Finally we come to Team 6, which concerned itself with improving — if the name didn’t make it clear — the audio content experience. Specifically, the team was interested in thinking about how listening to a podcast or audio story could be more visually stimulating.

“Audio is extremely hard to make pretty.” @komickiller on our visually-skimming-audio idea & multimedia annotations for listening. #SNDMakes

— miranda mulligan (@jmm) October 19, 2014

“For example, wouldn’t it be great if you could see the photo while listening to an NPR Fresh Air personality who was describing that photo?” writes participant and Knight Lab executive director Miranda Mulligan. “In our prototype, we tried to answer: How might we more seamlessly show citations or annotations mentioned in an audio story. Attenborough tries satisfies that need by reducing the friction of connecting audio moments to web content.”

The Attenborough user would be able to access photos, contextual links, or videos via mobile or desktop browser while in-audio, listening left undisrupted. Via the audio visualization, listeners are supposed to easily be able to tell how far along they are in a story and navigate the experience.

Team6: Attenborough: a system to annotate audio w/ notes & media, offer richer browser playback experience #SNDMakes pic.twitter.com/lS36QbYfgg

— Ryan D Ghost, BOO (@sixfoot6) October 19, 2014

There are some specific, technical challenges to what Attenborough wants to accomplish. MP3s are dumb vessels, and the information inside them is hard to access, which could make creating a generalizable product hard. “We looked at the work being done by PopUp Archive, HyperAud.io, Popcorn and Kettlecorn, and a few other projects that are all chipping a way similar-ish questions in different ways…And, well, we learned that there is still a lot of work left to be done,” writes Mulligan. Next steps after resolving those issues would be for the team to dive into how Attenborough would operate from the content creator’s perspective.

SNDMakes was more designathon than hackathon, meaning there’s less pressure for these ideas to become workable products or salable companies any time soon. Though some might have life after Boston, the idea of the event was to help spark new ideas in the minds of those who work on news design everyday.

“As SND’s digital director, it’s really important to me to provide opportunities for SND members and non-members alike to come together, talk about the problems we’re facing in digital journalism, and then build solutions that we can share within our individual news organizations as the industry as a whole,” says Ellis. “SND aims to be a facilitator of important industry discussion, and now what you’re seeing with #SNDMakes is how we’re doing that for digital journalism.

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