This week’s Thunderdome contest got meta. In something of a twist, our usual contest host — Karen Workman — was nominated in the MVP category for her role setting these contests up.Read Full Post
Megan Luther with Investigative Reporters & Editors stopped by the Las Cruces Sun-News newsroom this week to train us on how to foster a watchdog culture in our newsroom. Here are some key things I learned.Read Full Post
We aren’t just rewarding headline writing anymore. This week we had our first winner in one of our new contest categories, Web packaging.Read Full Post
This marked our last regular headline stand-up, and it wasn’t even all that regular — we were catching up for the past two weeks.Read Full Post
Over the past few months, Thunderdome Data Editor Tom Meagher has been chatting with journalists around the company about DocumentCloud and how it can help you turn that pile of papers under your desk into one hell of a story.
Recently, Tom sat down with the folks on our Michigan data team to chat about DocumentCloud and its killer features. We captured the demonstration in this video.
Did we whet your appetite? Dig into these resources to learn more about working with DocumentCloud.
- 5 Ways to use DocumentCloud for journalism
- Tips from IRE for using DocumentCloud
- InsideThunderdome’s live chat with DocumentCloud developer Ted Han and IRE training director Jaimi Dowdell
- Slide deck from Tom Meagher’s DocumentCloud demo
Have you used DocumentCloud for a story yet? We’d love to see what you’ve done with it. Leave us a comment or mention us on Twitter at @dfmdata.
Our weekly headline contest has been fun and very useful. We love it so much we decided to expand it.Read Full Post
With their recent ’24 Hours in Ambler’ project, Montgomery Media rocked around the clock, recording an entire day in the community with no pens, no paper — only social media tools.Read Full Post
It’s not often our anonymous panel of judges is split on a winning headline, but that happened this week.Read Full Post
The holiday pushed off last week’s contest, so this week we’re making up for that. Also this week: A drill down on punctuation in headlines.Read Full Post
With shrinking budgets and shrinking newsrooms, it is easy to lose sight of the importance of design when putting out a newspaper, especially for smaller newsrooms where the task of just getting the paper to bed can be overwhelming. But there are ways to refocus your staff and improve your design, without spending more time and money.Read Full Post