From the Editors Weblog
Benjamin C. Bradlee steered The Washington Post newsroom for 26 years. Since becoming editor in 1965, he worked to turn the Post into one of the world’s leading newspapers. Critical coverage of some of the most compelling stories in the paper’s history – most notably the Watergate scandal which ended in the only resignation of a president in U.S. history; as well as publishing the Pentagon Papers, a secret Pentagon history of the Vietnam War – added to the paper’s success.
"Local police confirm there is an active shooter situation in a shopping centre... User-generated content is going to be the only source of content before your crews can get there. A producer identifies someone in the shopping centre. You can see that they have a good vantage point because they’ve already tweeted a photo of what looks like bodies on the ground. If verified this would be the first image from inside. How do you proceed?"
The Director of WAN-IFRA's Newsplex Training Centre at the University of South Carolina, Randy Covington, was detained by the Russian Government last week while conducting a journalism training workshop with Joe Bergantino of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. Bergantino penned this letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, first published in the The Boston Globe and reproduced here with permission.
In the US and Europe, mobile growth is rapidly outstripping desktop. So why is it so often still a silo in the newroom? The New York Times and Aftonbladet have taken two very different approaches to solving this.
Smarter ways to reach a bigger audience: The International Newsroom Summit hears from the field's innovators and experts
It is becoming increasingly clear that news organisations need to think creatively about reaching their digital readers. A session at the International Newsroom Summit on smart new ways to reach your audience provided a range of examples of how news organisation are engaging their readerships beyond their websites. Emma Goodman reports.
Academics, government bodies, and publishing professionals don't often see eye to eye. In fact as Rachel Davis Mersey, from the Medill School of Journalism of Northwestern university points out they barely speak the same language.
How do you get people to share news stories? Approach topics by way of common denominators – ones that cross cultures and continents – says S. Mitra Kalita, Ideas Editor at Quartz. Pizza was key in making hard-news stories from India and Africa attractive to share, she tells the 13th International Newsroom Summit.
“People think Snapchat is just a silly tool for sending sexy pictures - but it has a lot of potential for news,” says Anders Kongstad, the Founder of SnapKanalen (Snapchannel). “I started a news media and video journalism channel on Snapchat and in one month got 1200 users.”
Thirty people (the maximum number) took part in this morning's Editorial Systems Tour, which began at 10:00 at the WAN-IFRA stand in the foyer.
Many editors, bloggers, social media companies and researchers are justifiably obsessed with the challenge of cultivating civil online discourse around their content. The realisation has dawned that the quality of the conversations connected to stories, and and an audience's experience of them, is at least as important as the number of comments a post attracts.
“I'm not a coder, I'm a words person and an editor but it is impossible for me as an editor of a newspaper to say you must use these tools if I don't know the value of them and how they work.”
"Innovation" & "contamination" are critical strategies to overcome culture-blocking in the newsroom, according to La Stampa’s Digital Editor, Marco Bardazzi. As The World Editor's forum reports, Bardazzi joined the Financial Times’ Lisa MacLeod, Trinity Mirror Group’s Alison Gow and Le Soir’s Didier Hamann on stage at the 13th International Newsroom Summit in Amsterdam. Julie Posetti, Jessica Sparks and Alice Matthews report.
The World Publishing Expo opened in Amsterdam on Monday with a discussion of ways that news publishers can use their strengths to regain a competitive edge and earn new revenues.
“Everyone knows they have to” convert to digital to survive, but knowing and doing are two different things for most newsrooms, according to Professor of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam, Mark Deuze, who sees journalism entering a permanent phase of beta experimentation - at least for the next 30-40 years.