Posted in Digital First journalism, Innovation in the media, tagged Ben Mullin, Dean Baquet, GigaOm, Margaret Sullivan, Mathew Ingram, New York Times, newsroom meetings, Poynter on February 20, 2015 |
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I offer mostly curation, rather than fresh commentary, on the New York Times’ move from a daily page-one meeting to a daily meeting focused on digital platforms:
Poynter’s Ben Mullin explains the change, including Executive Editor Dean Baquet’s memo to the Times staff.
Mathew Ingram of GigaOm has a thoughtful commentary on the change, including how overdue it is.
I blogged about newsroom meetings last year when Margaret Sullivan reported the first steps toward a digital focus in the morning meeting.
I blogged some advice on leading newsroom meetings in 2013.
Changing newsroom meetings is hard. As I noted yesterday, I was not successful in changing meetings as thoroughly as I wanted when I was editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
I don’t say this to criticize Baquet or the Times, just to note how deeply entrenched meetings are in a newsroom culture and how hard it is to change them: The Times Innovation report, recommending a digital focus to the meetings, was completed last March. The change is now being implemented 11 months later. Of course, many other changes recommended in the report have already being implemented.
I’m not banging on the Times for taking 11 months to change its morning meeting, just saying this is a big and difficult change. I wish Baquet and the Times well in executing this change and in using it to continue culture change in the newsroom.
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Posted in Personal, tagged 2 Roads Diverged, Ana Marie Cox, Andrew Sullivan, blogging, Caring Bridge, EdShift, Ezra Klein, Hated Yankees, INMA Culture Change blog, Josh Benton, Margaret Sullivan, Mathew Ingram, No Train No Gain on January 31, 2015 |
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Andrew Sullivan’s note telling readers he plans to stop blogging.
Occasionally I wonder whether I blog too much and consider whether I should stop, cut back or change directions.
I identified with some of the things that Andrew Sullivan said when announced this week that he will stop blogging. Even as a sideline venture, as my blog has always been, a blog keeps whispering “feed me” in your ear. You read or hear things and start thinking about blogging about them, even if you only actually blog about a small minority of them. If you care about a blog, it becomes demanding or time-consuming. If becomes a big part of your life, and sometimes you need to make changes in your life.
I want to read again, slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while. I want to have an idea and let it slowly take shape, rather than be instantly blogged.
He posted that on Wednesday. I feel like a slacker for waiting till Saturday to blog about it. So many people have already weighed in:
Sullivan’s reasons for deciding to stop blogging are deeply personal, related to his health and feelings about how he wants to spend his time and about feeding the beast that a blog can become (he started charging for The Dish two years ago, which no doubt raises the pressure for feeding the beast; my blog is free).
Each blogger’s situation is different by many factors: what you have to say; your relationship with the people who respond to your blog; how unique or important you think a particular post may be; how frequently you want or need to blog; whether you blog for pay, passion or both; whether and how the blog is advancing your career; other things going on with your life, such as jobs, health and family.
I have kept blogging through several career and personal turns because I always felt like I had something to say and I have enjoyed my relationships with people in the blog comments, on social media and in person who appreciate my blog (including many who disagree on some points). And the blog has advanced my career and raised my profile within journalism. (more…)
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Posted in Twitter, tagged Alex Howard, Dean Baquet, Jay Rosen, Jeff Jarvis, Mathew Ingram, Matt McFarland, New York Times, Patrick LaForge, Richard Horgan, Twitter on October 7, 2014 |
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Dean Baquet isn’t active on Twitter, but he’s great clickbait. And he’s getting a lot of attention on Twitter today. I hope he’s lurking, as one of his staff assures me:
Last Thursday I blogged that editors who want to lead innovation undercut their efforts
if they aren’t active on Twitter. I mentioned Baquet
, executive editor of the New York Times, and used the screenshot above (now getting its third run here). So, as I normally do when I criticize someone, I invited response from Baquet. I tweeted at him (not likely to get a response, given the topic of the blog).
I also emailed him using the clunky contact form at the Times site. I have no faith in such forms (or in the likelihood that people will respond), so I also asked a friend who works at the times for his email address and emailed him directly. Late yesterday, Baquet responded to my email. This won’t be one of my blogs full of lessons, but here’s one: Email people politely and they often respond. In a later email after I posted his response, Baquet said he responded because “you were fair and persistent.” That combination always serves a journalist well.
Mathew Ingram, who blogged about Baquet, the Times and Twitter before I did, noted that he didn’t get a response: (more…)
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Posted in Journalism, Project Unbolt, tagged Amanda Hess, Andrew Beaujon, Ann Friedman, Dean Baquet, Geneva Overholser, Jill Abramson, Josh Benton, Ken Auletta, Liz Heron, Margaret Sullivan, Mark Thompson, Mathew Ingram, New York Times, Project Unbolt, Rachel Sklar, Rebecca Traister, Susan Glasser on May 17, 2014 |
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Belated thoughts on the big developments at the New York Times recently:
I have started twice in the past week to blog about developments at the New York Times. First, I was going to blog about the initial report of the Times Innovation Team, which raised lots of issues for all newsrooms trying to transform digitally. Digital transformation has been the focus of my work at Digital First Media, and I was going to draw some lessons from the Times recommendations for Project Unbolt.
Then I was going to blog about the firing of Jill Abramson as executive editor of the New York Times. I will post some observations about Abramson later in this piece, but I doubt I can add much insight beyond what’s already been written.
Mostly, I want to call my DFM colleagues’ attention (and the attention of everyone trying to change the culture of entrenched print newsrooms) to the full report of the innovation team (leaked to Buzzfeed and both more blunt and more detailed than the summary report). You should read the full report (you can ignore the sanitized version). Then you should read Josh Benton’s piece on Nieman Lab. (more…)
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Posted in Accuracy, tagged Claire Wardle, Craig Silverman, European Journalism Centre, Josh Stearns, Malachy Browne, Mathew Ingram, Patrick Meier, Rina Tsubaki, Sarah Knight, Trushar Barot, Verification Handbook on November 4, 2013 |
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I’m pleased to be involved in the Verification Handbook, a new project to help journalists and aid providers sort fact from fake.
The handbook is a project of the European Journalism Centre and is edited by Craig Silverman, with whom I’ve collaborated before in accuracy workshops.
I wrote Chapter 2, “Verification Fundamentals: Rules to Live By.” Other chapter authors, in addition to Craig, are Rina Tsubaki of EJC, Claire Wardle and Malachy Browne of Storyful, Trushar Barot of BBC News, Mathew Ingram of GigaOm, Patrick Meier of the Qatar Computing Research Institute and Sarah Knight of the Australian Broadcasting Corp. (more…)
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