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From hoarder to order: Organizing a photo library

I’m a saver. If I see a great photo, I grab it knowing there will be a project down the road it will be perfect for. While I prefer to think of myself as delightfully proactive, my computer desktop is telling me I’m a hot mess. Well, if you’re anything…

Building energy reporting: Big data for leaner, smarter cities

Some of America’s major metro areas are getting smarter, richer and, dare we say, thinner—at least when it comes to their energy profiles—all thanks to adoption of energy benchmarking policies. This week, Washington, DC became the second U.S. city to disclose energy-use data on large, privately owned buildings. New York City was the first to do…

5 tools to help you navigate the new media landscape

The media landscape is changing at breakneck pace. Mobile internet use is on the rise (according to Pew's latest research, 63% of adult cell phone owners currently using their phones to browse the internet), and apps like Snapchat, Instagram, and Vine are skyrocketing in popularity. Since most of our partners are…

New California scorecard a call to action on Environmental Justice

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of President Clinton’s executive order on environmental justice, officially known as the Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations a result of Environmental equity grassroots movements of the 1980s. Milestones like this are to be celebrated cautiously,…

Planning a panel that pops

Picture this: You are at a conference and sitting in a panel session and get that sinking feeling that you chose the wrong session. Your first signal is the lengthy introductions given by the moderator for each panelist, each taken verbatim from the bios in your conference packet. Then each…

Worst jargon contest: And the winner is . . .

“Not in their wheel-house” Congratulations to Beth Vogel, of Committee of Seventy, a century-old nonprofit who fights to help the city of Philadelphia grow and prosper through better government. As she noted in her submission, “I dislike it because it’s annoying and sounds pretentious.” And as one of our judges…

Top 5 newsroom trends from 2013

There is so much going on in the world of news media these days.  From innovations in the business models that sustain it to attempts to harness the technologies that distribute it to evolutions in defining what “it” even is, or isn’t, there were lots of candidates for this list. …

Greatest hits from 2013

Hard to believe, but we sent our first e-newsletter just over a year ago, in November 2012. We have been fine-tuning it ever since, studying email data to see what inspires you, dear readers, to click and share. We also pore over our website analytics to see what kinds of…

Putting the Dead Zone’s evil twin on the map

How do you win national media coverage on an unreported issue?  It’s a challenge faced by many nonprofits and watchdog groups. And it’s one Resource Media faced when we knew we wanted to tell the story about the spread of cyanobacteria – aka toxic algae - across US lakes and…

Good for women, and good for gorillas

“It dawned on me, in that moment, that what was good for this woman and her family, on a deeply personal level, was also good for the forest and good for gorillas.” Journalist Ken Weiss told this story to set the stage for a unique webinar for environmentalists this week.…