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.
I decided to go back to newspapers because I am passionate about community journalism and reinventing for the 21st Century is one of the most important and biggest challenges. Before I made this career pivot, I thought that one part of this reinvention would be to create a community platform, and now, I’ve been able to test this in a real world situation. We are off to a great start.
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 →
A lot of people look in envy at the success of the Financial Times, and they focus on their paid content strategy. Paid content strategies are so much more than simply getting readers to pay, they are also about delivering better services by knowing your audiences better through data. Read on to find out how the FT found that out and is leveraging data for enhanced services for their readers.
A couple of years ago, I stood in front of a class of Russian journalism students. I was pretty sure that the FSB, the Russian state security service had an officer in the room, for reasons I’ll explain. A student asked me to comment about the press situation in Russia. I gave a cryptic answer about missing the First Amendment while working in Britain. Now, I’m back in the US, and to welcome me back, the First Amendment greets me every time I walk into one of the two newsrooms where I’m editor.
My job search is over, and I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be returning to a newsroom, a couple in fact, as a regional executive editor overseeing two Gannett-owned newspapers in the US.
The UK has been battered by storm after storm over the last couple of months, causing horrendous flooding across the country and particularly in the Somerset Levels as well as damage at coastal towns battered by towering gale-driven waves. But media coverage has mostly been at the level of dog whistle politics, focused on simplistic calls for more dredging in… Read more →
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 →
David Higgerson, the digital publishing director for the regional websites within Trinity Mirror, believes that the January storms here in the UK challenge the recent fervour for paid content. I think that he’s clear-headed about the competitive environment that journalism is in, but I also think that paid content strategies have evolved. They have got smarter and more flexible, which is the only chance they have of being successful.
I’ve spent a lot of my time over the last decade helping businesses to put together strategies for the use of social media, both internally for collaboration and externally for community building and marketing. I know that for some companies, my strategy was a document that they continued to refer to for literally years after we put it together. (I… Read more →