Innovation

Journalism: Mining niches to support the mission

Jay Rosen ties together some of the trends happening right now in digital journalism, such as the launch of deep dive digital news sites. These sites are heading 180 degrees in the opposite direction of the generalist bundles like the newspaper and news channels. When people entirely new to it ask me what’s the best way to get going in… Read more →

Digital disruption: Bigger audiences but lower revenues

This is the paradox of journalism in the digital age: Journalism organisations reach more people than was ever possible in the analogue age, but those larger audiences have not translated into higher revenues. Some of this has been almost constant pressure of digital ad revenues since the beginning of the financial crisis, driven by an oversupply of ad space. Digital… Read more →

NPR head of apps: Mobile media doesn’t mean on the move anymore

A number of forward-looking editors and media managers are advocating a mobile first mindset as the mobile revolution becomes a reality. In a great overview of a recent Hacks/Hackers talk in Buenos Aires, US National Public Radio’s news app editor Brian Boyer explains why mobile doesn’t mean on the move anymore and why we should be creating content for audiences’ “cracks in the day”.

Listen to the dawn of data journalism: Univac, the first Nate Silver

Data journalism seems so new, so cutting edge, but it actually has a long history. Numbers have always been a part of journalism, but technology opened up new opportunities to not only use numbers but also analyse them. The technology that has opened up these new horizons goes much farther back than most think, and I’ve found a message from what many argue is the first time a computer was used in journalism.

NewsRewired 2013: Three things driving QZ.com’s journalism

Quartz, the newest member of The Atlantic Media network, launched in 2012, but by July, it already had 5 m users and said that it had already passed The Economist’s web traffic in the US and would soon pass the Financial Times, and Jay Lauf, the publisher of the site, kicked off Journalism.co.uk’s News Rewired 2013 talking about the strategy… Read more →

Digital Journalism: Focus on the software not the hardware

Journalism professor Carl Sessions Stepp celebrates the 50th anniversary of his first published story with a series in the American Journalism review highlighting 50 lessons that he’s learned in 50 years. In terms of digital journalism, he says that “software matters more than hardware” now when it comes to journalism innovation.

Journalism innovation: A team effort

At the recent release of the Reuters Institute Digital News report, I met up with a former colleague at the BBC News Website, Alf Hermida. Those early days at the BBC News website were a golden age of digital journalism where the entire team – management, editors, designers, developers and journalists – were all united in creating the future of digital journalism. I’ve learned a lot since then of what works and what doesn’t in terms of integrating innovation into an editorial organisation. Some organisations have done the hard work of building properly integrated digital teams, and this is going to unleash innovation and create a new golden age of digital journalism.