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I am a Journalist:

Get perspective quickly when you see knowledge in context.

As a journalist I am always working under a deadline. When news breaks, I have to find out exactly what happened, and put that in a context people will understand, really fast. Working with the DNE helps with the context part.
With the DNE I can build a context map for any article I'm writing, on the fly. I can use the search engine to find other articles on related events - stories on what led up to my topic, stories involving the same people, stories on similar events in other cities, etc. - and I can link those older stories to the new one with a few clicks and drags. Suddenly I don't just have my own notes to rely on, I have all sorts of background information to fall back on. The best part is that my map is built on other people's maps, since every story that I link to, is already linked to other stories. By following these links as far as I need to, I can get a pretty complete idea of the entire situation. My ability to produce very thorough research very fast makes me a better journalist.

I also use the DNE's subdocumenting features a lot. Some of my interviews are printed, while some are recorded either on video or audio only, so I'm glad that the DNE lets me subdocument all these file types. Keeping the choice quotes as subdocuments is great for me because they are saved in context. So I don't just know what somebody said, I always also know why they said it.


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