Looking at the Augmented Newsroom of the Future

This piece was co-authored by Mayo Nissen and Graham Tuttle of frog. Succeeding in the news business is complicated. Constant technological innovation, skeptical and fragmented audiences and an ever-growing appetite for round-the-clock coverage have dramatically changed the way we engage with stories of the day. Traditional distribution processes, career paths and revenue streams once vital to the journalism industry continue to be rattled. The Associated Press (AP) understands these challenges firsthand, and has been at the forefront of delivering on changing consumer demands, even as they are in constant flux. That’s why the AP approached us at frog, a global design and strategy firm, hoping to extend its efforts even further. Rather than looking ahead just a few quarters, the goal was to set a vision for the journalism industry five years out. At frog, we call this “Futurecasting,” though it is not really about predicting the future. Instead, Continue reading "Looking at the Augmented Newsroom of the Future"

#ONA17 Equips Educators with New Perspectives, Tools

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Journalism educators, striving to be nimble as news organizations evolve, learned about immersive storytelling, social media tools, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, news bots and more at the Online News Association conference last week. Because tech has become an integral part of reporting, many journalism instructors are now pondering how programs and faculty can innovate — quickly. “We define news based on models that do not exist anymore,” said CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Associate Dean and Professor Andrew Mendelson. “That has defined us, it still defines us and that’s a really important thing to overturn.” A study released during the conference by the International Center for Journalists found reporters generally aren’t keeping up with tech trends. This and other studies have led to a renewed effort by journalism educators to embrace and teach new tech. To be sure graduating students are qualified for emerging jobs
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Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Oct. 16 Edition

Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, or you’d like to pay to promote your event in the “featured event” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. Any non-MediaShift events in the “featured event” slot are paid placements. Also, be sure to sign up for our events email newsletter to get notifications about future MediaShift events. Note: Event descriptions are excerpts, edited for length and clarity.

Featured Events

Digital Media North America Conference
Oct. 19-20, 2017
New York
This two-day event, organized jointly by WAN-IFRA and the News Media Alliance, will provide a unique opportunity for North American news media executives to hear and discuss digital revenue strategy from the world’s most advanced media companies, Continue reading "Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Oct. 16 Edition"

MediaShift Podcast #244: Pitiful Diversity at Legacy Newsrooms; Google Hit with Russian-Linked Ads; Gizmodo Media Group’s Susie Banikarim

In the news this week, a new survey found that legacy newspaper newsrooms are still dominated by white males, while digital newsrooms are doing much better at creating a diverse workplace. Google joins the party as another place where Russian agents bought ads to sway Americans during last year’s election season. Last week’s ONA conference focused a lot on metrics, innovation, and best practices. Did it miss the bigger picture for media? The Metric of the Week is Automated Analytics, and we speak with Susie Banikarim, the new editorial director at Gizmodo Media Group, to discuss their new TV show “Car vs. America.” Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to get a roundup of the week’s top news? Then check out our Digital Media Brief below!

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6 Models of Journalistic Collaboration

At a time when trust in media is plummeting and the industry continues to downsize, a bright spot has emerged in the growing use of collaborative journalism. Over the past year, the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University has been collecting, cataloguing and analyzing collaborative efforts between newsrooms of all sizes. What we found is revolutionary: Millions of dollars are being poured into dozens of collaborative efforts between organizations who sometimes are competitors, and those efforts are producing strong, impactful and meaningful stories that otherwise couldn’t have been done. Cross-publication between entities is then amplifying the reach of these stories, especially thanks to the multiplatform-approach inherent in nearly every modern journalistic effort. Our report, “Comparing Models of Collaborative Journalism,” reviewed 44 collaborations involving more than 500 newsrooms, the sum total of which represented $200 million in funding. In our examination of those collaborations, we identified six distinct models Continue reading "6 Models of Journalistic Collaboration"

DigitalEd: How to Launch a Podcast

Title: How to Launch a Podcast Instructor: Megan Calcote, Podcast Producer You’ve heard podcasts are hot again. But how do you launch one?   Podcasting is experiencing a resurgence, with an increase in American podcast listeners, connected cars, the launch of podcast divisions by traditional media outlets such as WNYC and the rise of networks such as Podcast One, Radiotopia and Panoply.

Find out how to join the movement and maximize your audience in this training that will tell you everything you need to know to get started in podcasting. We’ll show you how to equip a studio where you can produce professional-caliber audio with minimal investment. Learn tricks for developing, capturing and editing the content of your podcast. Find out which networks your podcast should be on to attract your audience and learn the basics of social media marketing. What you’ll learn from this training:
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Young Entrepreneurs Share Successes, Frustrations at Issuu Generators Summit

SAN FRANCISCO – As the founder and editor-in-chief of Tom Tom Magazine, a feminist multi-platform media company dedicated to women drummers, Mindy Abovitz has faced more than her share of slammed doors and belittling comments. But the Brooklyn-based entrepreneur said the rejections and taunts simply fire her up. “Anger has always fueled me and it continues to fuel me,” said Abovitz, who started the magazine in 2009. “It’s my number one fuel.” Abovitz was one of more than a dozen speakers who reflected on their creative processes on October 5 at the first-ever Generators Summit sponsored by issuu, the digital publishing platform. Though issuu works primarily with print and online publishers and brands to distribute digital content, the summit featured speakers and participants from across the creative spectrum – virtual reality and video games, design and visual art, technology and video, as well as publishing. “We’re exploring how
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