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This week we see how the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism is helping its audience act on the issues they read about, and we learn how an automated filter helps find and correct style errors.

PART 1: BINJ action boxes

As part of its solutions journalism approach, the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism created an Action Box to provide information that readers can use to get involved in issues the stories investigate. Founder Chris Faraone tells us how the engagement prompt fits into the startup’s overall strategy.

Reporting by Katy Mersmann.

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BINJ operates “on a shoestring budget,” according this profile by Nieman Lab, and has experimented with a pop-up newsroom at a community event where "Faraone set up a desk, typewriters, and notepads to hear what community members had to say.” BINJ is also using crowdsourcing via social media to inventory automatic surveillance in Boston.

PART 2: Lingofy

Lingofy is a proofreading tool from Tansa Systems that allows newsrooms to check stories against various style guides including the AP Stylebook and customized styles unique to individual newsrooms. We find out how it works from Tansa Systems USA Managing Director Christopher Grimm.

Reporting by Daniel Shapiro.

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Additional details about the AP stylebook option for Lingofy, including pricing plans, can be found on the AP Stylebook website.   

Reuben Stern  
 
Director of NYC Partnerships

Rachel Wise  
 
Video Editor



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