Saturday Rundown June 18

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Engine28 Associate Editor Becca Kinskey gives us the scoop on Day 4. And we have a scoop of our own.

Friday June 17 Rundown

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Engine28 Associate Editor Becca Haithcoat (hey, we have two Beccas!) gives us the scoop for Day Three of our pop-up newsroom. Highlights include the start of the Fringe Festival, lots of multimedia and reviews from e28 reporters, and the arrival of Julie Taymor in Los Angeles.

Context Is Story

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Over the course of this very intensive week in the pop-up newsroom, the Engine28 reporters and editors are focusing on building rich stories with multiple layers and components. One part of a story may exist as a written piece, another a photo essay, and another a video blog entry.

The idea is to get all of these separate pieces to build on each other incrementally, allowing for lots of reflection for audiences and journalists alike.

To get a sense of how context is story, E28 video producer Rachel Neubeck followed reporters Gerry Johnson and Rebecca Milzoff as they explored downtown L.A.’s Skid Row area with actor Kevin Michael Key of the Los Angeles Poverty Department, and learned about Kevin’s personal and artistic journey.

Thursday June 16 Rundown

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The newsroom is in its third day of full 24/7 gear, the website is now on day two, reporters and editors are double triple and quadruple multi-tasking and we are eating a lot of pizza.

We’ll have several new behind-the-scenes videos coming soon, with insights into the Engine28 editorial process and incremental journalism, a tour of Skid Row with artists from the Los Angeles Poverty Department, and more. In the meantime, here’s e28 Associate Editor Becca Kinskey with the rundown of today’s stories.

Engine 28: Popping Up

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What is a pop-up newsroom anyway? Engine28 Publisher Sasha Anawalt introduces us to the idea, the team, and the downtown L.A. firehouse where we’re making our home this week.

Engine28 Reporters “Off Wheels”

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Apart from offering an amazing array of live performance venues – both traditional and experimental – downtown L.A. also offers Engine28 visitors a much more urban experience than many people expect when they visit Los Angeles.

Engine 28 Pops Up

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Our pop-up newsroom came alive today! The Los Angeles-based Engine 28 team welcomed about 40 reporters and editors to the offices of the L.A. Stage Alliance, who are graciously sharing their space with us for the next week. We’re working out of a former firehouse in downtown Los Angeles, mere blocks away from some of the best live performance venues on the West Coast.

The Engine28 reporters came to L.A. from all over the country thanks to an NEA-sponsored fellowship program overseen by USC journalism professor and writer Sasha Anawalt.  ArtsJournal founder and Engine 28 Editor Doug McLennan gave the team a training session on many of the web-based tools we’ll be using this week, and previewed an intensive and inventive slate of journalism experiments we’ll be trying as part of our pop-up adventure. We hope to learn a lot as we go, and we’ll share lessons and insights into the process here every day.