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How journalists can turn their stories into conversations, Poynter.org
Everyone agrees engagement with readers is important and this article offers several suggestions for increasing that engagement. Likewise, it points out some reasons that current engagement might be low and what can be done about them.
Building a better sports bar: SB Nation redesigns its blog network, NiemanLab.org
This sports blog network has just finished a redesign and tackled a number of issues that large news publishing companies face: how to modernise the site while “also unifying the look of more than 300 distinct sites. And they had to do it in a way that balances the needs of the fan communities of each site while giving the entire network a universal consistency,” writes Justin Ellis.
Estonia Gets Highest Marks for Internet Freedom, nytimes.com
While we often write about countries for limiting freedom of expression (see our story on Vietnam bloggers here), it’s great to see Estonia recognized for its positive Internet developments. Unfortunately, as this article points out, there are still many examples of countries where freedom of expression is under attack.
How people get local news and information in different communities, pewinternet.org
Pew’s latest report offers a trove of interesting findings in the ways that residents of urban, suburban, small towns and rural areas consume news and information.
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