Last night, I sat in my newsroom, working with editors and reporters to put out two newspapers and keep our digital audiences up to date on desktop, social and mobile. We had CNN in the background. I’m old enough to remember a time when that seemed real-time, but cable TV felt ages behind alerts coming into my smartphone.
Kyle Wagner of Deadspin thinks that Gamergate shows how political battles will be fought by a generation that grew up online. As someone who has covered three presidential campaigns, the future is easy to see and terrifying to contemplate.
If Facebook and journalism had a relationship, it would be: It’s complicated. David Higgerson urged “journalism … to get over its fear of Facebook“. He wrote: Facebook is huge, and needs to remain huge. To do that, it needs to remain relevant to users. It needs to ensure it doesn’t alienate people. That, in turn, is good news for journalists… Read more →
Gannett, which I work for, was at the Online News Association 2014 conference in force last week, and my colleagues and the folks at Chartbeat shared some fascinating insights about mobile and social traffic patterns at our sites. They presented some fascinating and shocking stats about engagement and opportunities for improvement.
I’ve long been a fan of Alan Mutter aka Newsosaur, and I think that he’s right that the biggest impact for news organisations in Apple’s recent announcements is its mobile payment technology. This has the potential to take the mobile revolution to an entirely new level, and news organisations need to take advantage of this and create frictionless ways to take part in m-commerce.
In just a few short months, the tables have turned. I’ve gone from interviewing for a job to interviewing candidates for jobs as a relatively newly minted executive editor. In this hyper-competitive job market, interviews can be tough to get. I’ve been shocked by what journalism job seekers have failed to bring once they land that interview.
This isn’t abstract advice. I’m hiring again, looking for a reporter in one of my newsrooms. We’ve got a lot of exciting plans for the coming year, and this is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in a great community.
In my 20 years as a journalist, I have seen a lot of digital storytelling techniques come and go, and we have entered a new era of digital storytelling innovation. It’s exciting, but with all of these techniques, it is even more important that editors help choose the right technique for the story.
Melody Kramer, one of the two-person social media team at NPR has a great post discussing how she and her colleagues built a tool to measure key metrics around the public broadcaster’s content. The post is a great overview of newsroom tool development, but more than that, it displays a great understanding of how to use tools to support and… Read more →
Journalists know the importance of asking the right questions, and journalists are now having to ask very hard questions about our business as we struggle with digital disruption. The New York Times has recently released a report on how it can transform its print focused culture into a digital focused culture, but George Brock, the head of journalism at London City University, says they need to ask more fundamental questions about journalism in the 21st Century. We must ask those questions if we want to remain relevant.
When I wrote recently about my efforts to build a community platform at the two local newspapers I lead, a good friend, Adam Tinworth, summed up my ideas as not doing more with less but about doing different forms of journalism. In this era of fewer resources for local journalism, we have to be strategic about what we do and what we stop doing. Harvard’s Nieman Lab summarises a new study from the Reporters’ Lab at Duke University as an issue of stopping feeding the goat. Newsroom leaders must make the brave decision to stop the endless stream of incremental stories and focus on stories that reveal meaning and context.