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Baby Steps: A Starter Guide to Encrypting Your Email

If you aren’t thinking about privacy or ‘magical immunity juice’ these days, you should be. And you should be encrypting your emails. Not the letters home or weekend plans (although that might be useful, too), but the important stuff. Professionally, that means your communication with sources. Knowing how to encrypt your correspondence means being serious about what you do.

Don’t think so? Listen to this segment from NPR’s On the Media about how Glenn Greenwald almost didn’t get to talk to Edward Snowden because he couldn’t be bothered with security details. You want to be a rockstar? Get technical. 

There are lots of resources out there to get you started, but you should commence with this handy how-to by Alan Henry over at Lifehacker. Don’t get bogged down by all the acronyms — PGP, GPG, WTF? — just download the plug-ins and get started.  I asked him a few questions via email this week to help explain some of the kinks I was running into as a lay(wo)man. 

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Reach News Junkies on the Second Screen

A tablet device with a user's index finger resting on the touchscreen.

Today’s viewers aren’t just watching TV as a solitary experience. Whether it’s the iPad, an Android tablet, or even the new Kindle Fire, tablet devices are quickly becoming an integral part of television viewing. Or as Nielsen puts it, cross platform is the new norm. 40% of tablet (and smartphone) owners in the U.S. used their devices daily while watching television, which creates a prime opportunity for news stations and news programs to reach a captive audience.

We’ve talked before about a few tips to define your newsroom’s mobile presence, but let’s look a little closer at a few more ways news organizations can help reach news junkies on that second screen.

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How News Organizations Can Cut Down On The Email Overload

If your newsroom is anything like mine or others that I’ve seen — you get emails, and lots of them. When I first started working at a newspaper, I opened my email account to find a few thousand waiting for me. Since then, it’s been a constant stream, and it’s no wonder; there’s lots of communication that needs to happen to put a paper out every day and a website out every second.

Email is easy — everyone can access it and hopefully by now everyone knows how to use it, but from an efficiency standpoint, email is a drag. There are better tools out there that can help take you document and communicate better. Read more