If the thinking is that both websites can be supported by one staff, expectations should be set that one will always get more attention than the other. That one may be significantly more successful than the other.
Also, if the same staff is contributing to both websites, don't give them different teams to work on … with different ID's (and etc). It just perpetuates all the nasty stuff that happens between to competitive groups … I suggest organizing the staff with an "a rising tide lifts all boats" attitude
Finally, take the time to create and communicate clear content strategy for both sites. Take the time to set up a content management workflow and system that fully supports the content strategy
That's a tall order, I know. But not a naive one.
Is that what you were hoping for Adrienne?
Ok, I know we are all sick of hearing the, now tired, "will ______ save journalism?" But I believe that journalism first and foremost suffers from a design problem and that design-thinking WILL SVE journalism. So for the past six months or so, I have been giving talks about that idea.
(You can see one of those talks at the beginning of this chat.)
So the reason that the brick-and-mortars are not innovating in the development of news products, is that we do not utilize design-thinking practices while we come up with them … well, sort of
Lets me explain it this way … Twitter is doing breaking news better than any news organization I can think of … and "breaking news" is one of the core ways that we define ourselves. Twitters valuer is in its platform. We do not value our platforms the way that Twitter values theirs. Make sense?
I, regularly, find myself in conversations with technologists and they say to me, "Look I just had an idea. I computer science geek. And then as my idea got popualr, I suddenly got asked to start participating in journalism conferences. I am not a journalist."
So, I came to the conclusion that until journalists start to self-identify as technologists as well we are going to keep getting our butts handed to us
Hi Evan! Great question!!
So as a hiring manager at the Globe, I became increasingly concerned by the disconnect of what our young journalists were being taught and what the industry needed. And while I have taught for over decade, I didn't necessarily want to go do it full time. This lab at Northwestern allows me to be closer to some brilliant students … to nudge them, and mentor them … without having to develop courses or deal with changing curriculum.
Its absolutely terrifying that, in 2013, most journalists barely understand how the Internet works.
By now, every journalist should know the history and background of the Internet, the key terms of digital media, how data can tell a story, that social media is just “what we do now” as communicators, that “mobile” is very important, as well as how browsers work + enough HTML and CSS to understand the constraints of the web.
So I figured being closer to where the young journalists were being produced, I could have some influence on that … or at least be a part of the conversation. OR at the very least desperately get people to listen to me if I buy them coffee and/or meal. (lol)
Those students are lucky to have access to you!
Hi Chris. I like to talk about Northwestern University Knight Lab like: what if MIT Media Lab, Nieman Lab and Reporters' Lab procreated? It would produce NU Knight Lab.
I have only been with the project for a little over 6 months and I inherited one stable product (timeline ja) 7 deployed system and 32 prototypes.
In 2013, Northwestern Knight Lab will be focusing on a couple of key initiatives:
o We'll be announcing our new, editorial-driven website as Northwestern University Knight Lab’s primary Web presence. It is a place for our core audience to learn more about our projects/prototypes/experiments from concept to completion, as well as other efforts, as well as thought-leadership and education
o The Social Loupe Project: Technology that seeks to find meaning and utility in social media data. Some of the current projects aligned with this initiative are TweetCast Your Vote and BookRX
o The Reporters’ Notebook Project: Technology to help someone write a novel exists – we need technology to help reporters do journalism. These tools are geared toward helping with information gathering, notes and data management, recording and correlating information found in online data repositories, virtual beat reporting, etc … They will be mobile friendly and we've already got a couple of collaborators interested in seeing this initiative succeed.
o The Publishers’ Toolbox: These are tools and serves intended to help with content publishing and aid in faster and easier web development around storytelling. Since 2012's Timeline JS was so popular, we are in the middle of building a step-by-step mapping tool we hope y'all find equally if not more valuable. We are also work on a new in-text audio player that works with SoundCloud and that should be ready to announce very soon. We have a couple other ideas in the hopper, but please don't be shy if you have a request!
Hi John! And yes, of course. But it would be helpful to me if you expand on your question so I understand a little more where you are coming from …
We'll move on to another question for now until John replies.
Sorry, just meant optimistic!
I think its completely ridiculous to be threatened by technology.
Technology has the potential to help us do our jobs more efficiently. It will never remove the need for humans. That's just silly to think that … But I understand why some people might feel insulted that their job was so basic that a computer script could be written to make what they do obsolete.
I think we should feel nudge to do our jobs better! when new technology is released.
We'll wrap up with one final question.
Andy – I thought that was you …
Hilarious. OK world. You should know that working with ANDY M BOYLE IS NEVER BORING.
We could have made sitcom out of Globe dez/dev band of misfits.
Ha! Andy Reinhart … my bad.
This whole anonymous scribblelive trolling thing is keeping me on my toes
But my earlier statement about Mr Boyle, still stands.
Miranda, thanks again for joining us this afternoon. It was great talking about the Knight Lab and newsroom innovation with you!
Thanks for having me. Seriously. Don't be shy to reach out. I try to respond to everyone. Find me on twitter @jmm (new, shorter handle!) or the electronic mail firstname.lastname@example.org