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A tribute to John Carroll, one of journalism's great editors

Back in the early 1970s, when Gene Roberts came from the New York Times to be the editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, and it became clear that he was to transform the paper into an ambitious center of American journalism, those of us who were already there watched closely to see who he would bring in to make it happen. Roberts didn't tell us, directly, what he intended, of course. He was much too oblique in his methodology for that. And he knew that showing was far more effective than telling.

It’s tool time: Finding tools for small newsrooms

In our endless struggle to turn lemons into lemonade, we at PublicSource have tried to take advantage of our lack of staff and use it as an opportunity to try out new tools, experiment, see what works.

And let me tell you, there are tons of tools out there. So many that the sheer volume can be daunting.

So I’ve put together a short guide for how to approach this glut of data tools.

PublicSource reporter promoted to managing editor

Halle Stockton, a reporter with PublicSource for three years, has been promoted to managing editor.

In her new role, Stockton will continue her coverage of healthcare, aging and people with disabilities. She will also be a frontline editor of stories by staff members and freelancers.

Working with data at a small newsroom

Working in a small team has its ups and downs.

Fewer people could mean less potential for miscommunication. But it could also mean a greater potential for delays because on a small team, each person takes on multiple roles.

PublicSource is bringing you news every day

PublicSource is changing. You know us as a provider of in-depth and investigative news about Pittsburgh and the state.

PublicSource receives awards in state contest

PublicSource reporters have been recognized for their outstanding work by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Keystone Chapter.

PublicSource reporter receives national award

Halle Stockton of PublicSource has received The Society of Professional Journalists’ national prize for feature reporting for ‘Love and Disability.’

The group recognizes ‘exceptional professional journalism’ produced in 2014 in print, radio, television and online categories.

Talking about heroin

PublicSource reporter awarded $15,000 ASU/Knight Foundation grant

PublicSource reporter Natasha Khan has been awarded a $15,000 Knight-Cronkite Alumni Innovation Grant.

PublicSource’s best stories of the year

There are lots of things you could factor into what makes a story one of the ‘best.’ For me, it’s a combination of things: the reporting, the writing, the impact. Also, did we tell you something you didn’t already know or explain something you’d heard about, but didn’t really understand?

These are the stories that I would select as my personal favorites of the work we’ve done. And I’d say that, by the numbers of people who read them, you would, too.

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