From the Editors Weblog
Leading from the top, forging alliances, flagging sexist practices, and providing training to help female journalists tackle ‘cybermisogyny’ are important steps being undertaken globally in an effort to achieve real progress in the struggle for gender equality and women’s empowerment in newsrooms, reports Julie Posetti.
“We very much started from a completely blank page because there weren’t any other news organisations doing this stuff at the time. We didn’t have anything to compare ourselves against or to see what was working elsewhere or not working and adapt accordingly,” said Trushar Barot, Mobile Editor at BBC World Service, on the BBC's integration of WhatsApp as a new method of reporting.
On 28 July the Italian Chamber of Deputies introduced a Declaration of Internet Rights, making Italy the first European country to produce such a document.
The increasing use and sophistication of analytical programmes to help editors understand where the audience is, what it wants to consume and when and what it responds to, is complemented by the arrival of the 'growth team' in newsrooms. But numbers mean nothing without insight. Federica Cherubini explains.
On July 5, 1989, a pilot episode of a new sitcom called The Seinfeld Chronicles aired on NBC. It received good, but not great, ratings for the time, coming in second on the night overall. The network debated whether or not to purchase more episodes; during testing, audiences did not understand this program’s format or connect with its characters, and network executives’ previous experiences told them it would skew to a small, urban audience and never reach national popularity. Matt Boggie, Executive Director of The New York Times Company's Research and Development Lab, tells the story.
Six months after the deadly attack on the Paris newsroom of Charlie Hebdo, editors, journalists and publishers face significant challenges around safety, the publishing of satirical cartoons and the reporting of religion. Alexandra Waldhorn and Julie Posetti consider the longer term ethical, editorial and managerial responses in this the fourth excerpt from the 2015 Trends in Newsrooms report.
There has been significant global interest in the set of Dutch scenarios about what journalism might look like in 2025 (available here). Is there value in trying to visualize possible futures, given the fast pace, unpredictable change in media and technology, or is it just day dreaming? Cherilyn Ireton investigates.