by Tom Kent News organizations are experimenting increasingly with robot journalism, using computer programs to transform data into news stories or news stories into multimedia presentations. Most uses of robot journalism have been for fairly formulaic situations: company earnings reports, stock market summaries, earthquake alerts and youth sports stories. But inevitably, news companies will be … Continue reading
By Reynolds Journalism Institute During her 2014-2015 Reynolds Fellowship, Mary Grigsby, a professor of rural sociology at the University of Missouri, is qualitatively examining young careerists’ changing media behaviors and how their motivations and preferences will influence current and future news products and services. She presented preliminary findings at the Missouri/Kansas Associated Press Publishers and … Continue reading
by Reynolds Journalism Institute Web metrics are in widespread use in U.S. newsrooms, and are being used by some newsrooms in evaluating the performance of editors and reporters, a survey of top editors has found. In a survey conducted among 114 members of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) last year, one in five … Continue reading
Now more than ever news leaders need to understand the financial planning process and how to do it as efficiently and effectively as possible. Being able to compare financial data with other newspapers of similar size helps news leaders “manage their operation and optimize their performance,” says Tom Slaughter, executive director of Inland Press Association. … Continue reading
Creating a tablet application for your news organization is challenging but doable. Be ready to admit your failures and build on them, said digital media guru Doug Bennett. “When you’re in digital you have to recognize that there’s no recipe for success because you’re always experimenting and trying new things,” he said. Bennett is the … Continue reading
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