As of Monday, I am now overseeing a group of four Gannett newspapers in Wisconsin. To bring this group together and deliver the kind of engagement, innovation and growth I’ve delivered in my first year overseeing two newspapers, I need three strong newsroom leaders and five reporters.
After seeing a Longreads post about Ta-Nehisi Coates’ comment section, spoken of as Jay Rosen says, now mostly in the past tense, I wonder if comments can actually withstand the Google-scale audiences. Are there any strategies that can allow a single focus comment section to grow beyond its initial community by choice?
Local print journalism is challenge right now for fairly obvious reasons. Print is declining, and while digital audiences are rising for many local outlets, a local audience does not reach the scale of the internet giants or digital news start-ups. We have to develop business models that don’t rely on scale.
The week before Christmas was the 107th anniversary for one of the papers I edit, the Sheboygan Press. We decided to create a vintage stye commemorative edition using stories from throughout more than century of history. It was fun and novel, and it was a big hit with readers and our advertisers.
Jim Brady is launching a Millennnially-focused, mobile news site in Phlladelphia, and he says that young news consumers want “traditional reporting as a springboard to strengthen communities”. I think that it isn’t just young news consumers and Millennials who want this engaged brand of journalism. At the two newspapers that I edit, audiences of all ages are responding to traditional journalism combined with a focus on providing solutions and strenghtening our communities.
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.