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Title: The Future of Design + Journalism: A Manifesto for Bridging Digital Journalism and Design
Award ID(s):
1845460
NSF-PAR ID:
10487751
Author(s) / Creator(s):
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Publisher / Repository:
Digital Journalism
Date Published:
Journal Name:
Digital Journalism
Volume:
11
Issue:
3
ISSN:
2167-0811
Page Range / eLocation ID:
399 to 410
Format(s):
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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