J+D Digest

Amazon is seeking ‘maniacal’ applicants and the AP style guide is a Slack bot now: J+D Digest

Journalists and designers tell stories, but we also read, listen, watch, play…So periodically we round up stories that the Journalism + Design team are looking at, listening to, and interacting with.

It’s hard enough to have productive conversations on Facebook, but fostering dialogue between 5,000 strangers? One media company is trying their best. (Via Nieman Lab)

What separates an “empathetic” Apple employee from her “maniacal” counterpart at Amazon? Kieran Snyder gleaned some surprising insights into corporate culture’s new norms with a survey of more than 25,000 job listings. (Via Medium)

Can clever web design open up the democratic process? One design firm‘s substantial makeover has made filing a FOIA request easier than ever before. (Via 18F)

Meanwhile, USC’s journalism department faculty have boiled decades of collective experience in the industry down into one nifty little Slack bot named Amy. (Via Medium)

Plus: Journalism must account for readers’ desire for transparency, by whatever means necessary. (Via PressThink)

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