Aneri Pattani

Multimedia Journalist

New England Newspaper & Press Association

In the spring of 2014, I took a course at Northeastern University in which students act as the staff of the NENPA E-bulletin. As part of this class, I covered the winter convention NENPA held in Boston through workshop previews and recaps. I also wrote an enterprise story for the class, in which I explored the most useful tools in the field of data journalism, as told by several data journalists across New England. I pitched this article because I am interested in pursuing data journalism in the future, and the wealth of free tools that are available to help reporters in this field is amazing to me.

In the spring of 2017, I returned to the NENPA winter convention as a freelancer, covering workshops, speeches and awards ceremonies.

Spring 2017 Convention Coverage

Newspapers can still reverse damage done by disrupters

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The disruption of the newspaper industry began with the advent of the internet as a consumer technology in the 1990s. In the decades since, online news aggregators, digital advertising and social media giants have chipped away at the business model of news. But that process is not inevitable nor irreversible, according to Thales Teixeira, a professor in the marketing unit at Harvard Business School.

Recipients call for relentless pursuit, defense of the truth

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With new threats to the First Amendment, journalism’s role is more important than ever, Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for The Washington Post, told those attending the seventh annual New England First Amendment Coalition awards luncheon Friday, Feb. 24, in Boston.

Facebook’s new outreach to news industry includes tools, products, curbs on fake news

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After an election cycle in which Facebook received considerable backlash for providing a platform for fake news, Facebook recognizes its role in the media landscape and is taking active steps to engage with journalists, according to Peter Elkins-Williams, leader of the company’s news partnerships.

Enterprise Story

Using tools, techniques that help data miners to dig deep

When Matthew Kauffman, investigative reporter at The Hartford (Conn.) Courant, wanted to do a story on mental health in the military, he didn't limit his reporting to anecdotes and interviews. Instead, he and co-author Lisa Chedekel - also then at the Courant - gathered information on mental health evaluations before deployment. Statistical analysis of that data became the foundation of their story.

Kauffman is one of many journalists turning to data more frequently for their stories. The surge in data-driven reporting has even led to the creation of a new subfield: data journalism.

Spring 2014 Convention Coverage

Design with readers' needs in your mind's eye

Design is not an opportunity to be creative, but an opportunity to give readers what they need, said Ed Henninger, director of a design consulting business, Henninger Consulting in Rock Hill, S.C.

Henninger explained the importance of design thinking for newspapers to an audience of about 40 people in a workshop titled “The Essential Elements of Better Newspaper Design.” The presentation took place Friday, Feb. 7, at the New England Newspaper and Press Association’s winter convention in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.