Steps to Building R&D in the Newsroom

For the news startup or small news organization, Research and Development (R&D) may be considered a luxury versus a necessity. Yet in today’s media climate, innovation and creativity now serve as the driving force to what will make a news organization survive and succeed – and R&D can help news organizations get there. For example, the New York Times’ R&D unit established in 2006, has served as one of the leaders in newsroom innovation in recent years due in part to its R&D unit. Its R&D unit aims to innovate by coming up with new services and products for its readers in the digital age. In fact, the New York Times recently launched R&D Ventures, a spin-off of its R&D lab. Continue Reading

‘Investigating Power’ Highlights Moments that Defined Independent Journalism

The Pulitzer season is a time for inspiration and reflection. Inspiration because those and other awards each year remind us of how important public service reporting is, and that American news outlets — even those struggling financially — continue to do it. A case in point is The Philadelphia Inquirer, which just won the Gold Medal for its series about violence in the city’s schools. In Alabama, the Tuscaloosa News staff didn’t let a power outage stop them from covering a deadly tornado, publishing from another plant 50 miles away, and online. The awards also remind us that age and experience are not always prerequisites to powerful truth-telling. Continue Reading


Five Trends to Inspire your Staff from ISOJ

For two days, journalists and academics gathered in Austin, Texas this past weekend for the 13th International Symposium on Online Journalism hosted at the University of Texas at Austin. This unique event featured panels on the latest trends happening in the news industry around the globe. Continue Reading

Digital Trends from the State of the News Media Report

Every year, the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism captures a snapshot of the media climate. The Hub reviewed the State of the News Media 2012 report and identified the following digital trends that can impact the news start-up or news venture. Online news consumption trends
According to the Pew report, online traffic to news sites continues to grow as more people flock to the Internet for information and news. In particular, the report highlighted the growing number of news consumers who own multiple devices and use those devices to get news. As of January 2012, 44% of adults own smartphones and 31% of smartphone users also own a tablet. Continue Reading