What GateHouse Media Learned with Amazon Echo Experiments

This piece was originally published by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism as part of a new RJI series. It is used here with permission. RJI recently asked newsrooms and ad agencies what they are doing today that they weren’t doing a year ago. Turns out quite a lot! This new RJI series will highlight some of the innovations and experiments we discovered and share what leaders are learning along the way. 
This Q&A has been edited for space and clarity.

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Although news stories can be fed automatically from a CMS to Alexa-equipped devices like the Amazon Echo, Christopher Biondi, senior director of digital development at GateHouse Media, believes tailoring the content to the new platform is the best way to provide a good listening experience. This is just one takeaway GateHouse newspaper leaders are learning as they try Continue reading "What GateHouse Media Learned with Amazon Echo Experiments"

Here’s What Honolulu Civil Beat Is Learning from Facebook Live

This piece was originally published by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism as part of a new RJI series. It is used here with permission. RJI recently asked newsrooms and ad agencies what they are doing today that they weren’t doing a year ago. Turns out quite a lot! This new RJI series will highlight some of the innovations and experiments we discovered and share what leaders are learning along the way.  This Q&A has been edited for space and clarity.  

Anthony Quintano and Landess Kearns, Honolulu Civil Beat Office Hours.

The Honolulu Civil Beat’s weekly Facebook Live broadcast is an ongoing experiment for the two-person team behind it as they try out new technology, locations and formats. During Office Hours, which streams every Friday, Engagement Editor Anthony Quintano and Audience Development Editor Landess Kearns talk about the latest news, ask the Continue reading "Here’s What Honolulu Civil Beat Is Learning from Facebook Live"

Here’s What Honolulu Civil Beat Is Learning from Facebook Live

This piece was originally published by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism as part of a new RJI series. It is used here with permission. RJI recently asked newsrooms and ad agencies what they are doing today that they weren’t doing a year ago. Turns out quite a lot! This new RJI series will highlight some of the innovations and experiments we discovered and share what leaders are learning along the way.  This Q&A has been edited for space and clarity.  

Anthony Quintano and Landess Kearns, Honolulu Civil Beat Office Hours.

The Honolulu Civil Beat’s weekly Facebook Live broadcast is an ongoing experiment for the two-person team behind it as they try out new technology, locations and formats. During Office Hours, which streams every Friday, Engagement Editor Anthony Quintano and Audience Development Editor Landess Kearns talk about the latest news, ask the Continue reading "Here’s What Honolulu Civil Beat Is Learning from Facebook Live"

‘Trust Through Transparency’: Lessons In Drone Journalism

This piece was originally published by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism as part of a new RJI series. It is used here with permission. As the news crew at KTVB in Boise, Idaho, has learned, launching their drone for news coverage can draw a crowd. Executive News Director Kate Morris says this has been a good opportunity to educate the public about the opportunities the new technology offers journalists and assure folks of the TV station’s commitment to ethical journalism and safety. But crowds have also posed challenges. Morris says her team has learned that it’s best to have additional staff on hand to answer people’s questions so the drone operators can stay focused on the job at hand. Senior Information Specialist Jennifer Nelson recently visited with Morris about KTVB’s drone efforts. This Q&A has been edited for space and clarity. Jennifer Nelson:
KTVB Sky 7 drone
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‘Trust Through Transparency’: Lessons In Drone Journalism

This piece was originally published by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism as part of a new RJI series. It is used here with permission.

As the news crew at KTVB in Boise, Idaho, has learned, launching their drone for news coverage can draw a crowd. Executive News Director Kate Morris says this has been a good opportunity to educate the public about the opportunities the new technology offers journalists and assure folks of the TV station’s commitment to ethical journalism and safety.

But crowds have also posed challenges. Morris says her team has learned that it’s best to have additional staff on hand to answer people’s questions so the drone operators can stay focused on the job at hand.

Senior Information Specialist Jennifer Nelson recently visited with Morris about KTVB’s drone efforts.

This Q&A has been edited for space and clarity.

Jennifer Nelson:

KTVB Sky 7 drone

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What 360 Video Is Teaching One Resort-Town Newspaper Team

This piece was originally published by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism as part of a new RJI series. It is used here with permission. With nearly half of their website traffic coming from outside visitors, the staff of the Steamboat Pilot and Today in Steamboat Springs, Colorado — a ski resort community — is experimenting with a new technology to immerse visitors in the sights and activities. Editor Lisa Schlichtman says when she saw The New York Times’ work with 360-degree video, she wanted to try the technology in her newsroom. The opportunity presented itself after Swift Communications purchased the newspaper last year and offered resources and training for a 360-degree video initiative. After experimenting with the technology for several weeks, the Steamboat staff launched the “Wish You Were Here: Steamboat 360” video series. The videos have attracted as many as Continue reading "What 360 Video Is Teaching One Resort-Town Newspaper Team"

How the Coloradoan Is Experimenting with Bots and What They’re Learning

This piece was originally published by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism as part of a new RJI series. It is used here with permission. This Q&A has been edited for space and clarity. A planning editor with the Fort Collins Coloradoan is experimenting with bot technology and it’s taught her that it doesn’t require a team of technologists. Jennifer Hefty says it doesn’t even require HTML coding experience. Relying on research, a free bot interface and resources already in the newsroom, Hefty built and launched her first bot, dubbed Elexi, prior to the November 2016 elections to provide audiences with the necessary information to become more informed voters. Hefty was inspired to bring the technology to her newsroom after learning more about bots at the Online News Association annual conference in September 2016. With positive feedback from the first experiment, she’s getting ready
Elexi
Elexi — ColoradoCare
Elexi — Results
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