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Five Things We Learned About Being a Digital Think Tank

Like pretty much everyone else who deals with words and ideas for a living, think tankers have spent the last few years grappling with what it means to move to digital. It’s meant different things to different organizations—some have focused

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WonkComms DC Breakfast Club: How to Be a Digital Think Tank

9am to 11am Wednesday, 8th November 2017 Brookings Institution 1775 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 Coffee, croissants and comms. What could be a better way to start your day in #wonkcomms? Over the last few years, think tanks and

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Everything I Needed to Know about Online Content I Learned from Making Mixtapes

I was never particularly good at making mixtapes—my teenage musical tastes were too uncultured, my town too small to support more than your standard country/classic rock/top–40 radio stations, and my working-class parents too poor to support much of a music-buying

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Holiday Social: 15 December!

There have been a few changes behind the scenes here at WonkComms. As some of you will know, Leonora is off to have a baby, and Richard has moved to Nairobi. While Leonora, Richard, and Nick will continue to be

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Semantic Content

Once upon a time, search engines were about providing links to pages. That time is past. These days, search engines—and by “search engines,” I mean Google—are about providing answers to questions. Don’t believe me? Try it. Go input “what time

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Disrupting Wonkcomms

Last week, Jill Lepore took to the pages of the New Yorker to denounce “disruption.” Lepore wasn’t content merely to document the ways that the term has been overused into near-meaninglessness. No, Lepore aimed at debunking the very idea of

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The Future of Digital Longform Publishing

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had a slew of opportunities to muse about the future of digital publishing. A piece on explainer journalism from Adam Tinworth kicked things off. And though Tinworth’s conclusions were meant as a prediction

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Finding Home: How The Century Foundation Took Its First Small Step Beyond the PDF

Disclaimer: there’s nothing inherently wrong with PDFs. They work on pretty much any device, and for printing, they’re tough to beat. But PDFs on the web are a hack. They’re born of the web’s early days when putting something online

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Design Content for All Platforms, Not Just the Desktop

The web continues to fragment. Most observers estimate that the mobile web will overtake the desktop world sometime in the next 12 months. While visitors to think tanks may not be out on the leading edge of the tide, they’re assuredly

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