How automation can help journalists find their next big story
Mike Philips, CEO of Vigilant, created a platform that enables journalists to break into public data in order to carry out investigative work more easily. We spoke with him to find out where he's at since winning Startups for News 2018 at the GEN Summit in June, whether automation makes up for a lack of time and resources in newsrooms, and what you need to keep in mind when you're the CEO of a media startup.Read full article
WhatsApp me the news
Audiences are moving towards private messaging apps, such as WhatsApp, to read and talk about the news. We talked to Ritu Kapur, founder and CEO of The Quint; Sohini Guharoy, the Quint’s head of audience engagement & social media; and Hannah Schwär from Axel Springer, to find out how WhatsApp is being used for news distribution in India and Germany.Read full article here
Hi Alexa, is the monetisation conversation moot?
Voice assistants are still young and a bit awkward. Content experiences on them aren’t always great and it seems that news organisations, marketers, and the general public haven’t quite figured them out just yet.Read full article here
Behind the scenes of a murder investigation that mobilised 230 journalists all over Brazil
We talked to Thiago Reis, data journalist at G1 — the digital news component of the biggest Brazilian media group Globo — and coordinator of Monitor da Violência, about their project investigating murders in Brazil. Monitor da Violência won the public choice award at the Data Journalism Awards 2018.Read full article here
How can design processes help your newsroom?
Heather Chaplin, founding director of Journalism + Design at The New School, was talking about the importance of listening to the audience way before it became a gimmick. We had a chat with her about using design processes for journalism, the danger of ‘adversarial design’, and not freaking out when you don’t know where you’re going.Read full article here
Snapshot of the Reuters Institute Digital News Report
The annual Reuters Institute Digital News Report is released today. We talked to Nic Newman, research associate at the Reuters Institute, about people migrating from platforms to messaging apps, the potentially negative impact of media literacy on trust, and why donations are a growing reader trend.Read full article here
The Global Editors Network welcomes a new president
Former GEN Vice-president Cory Haik, publisher at Mic, is the new acting GEN President. Her mandate is to be confirmed at the 8 September Board Meeting, and ushering a restructuration. Instead of 21 members, the new Board – to be elected at the 8 September General Assembly – will count 15 members maximum, and will welcome more diversity, with a pledge to have equal gender representation.Read more
Emily Bell on platforms: 'Regulation is inevitable'
We talked to Emily Bell, professor in digital journalism at Columbia University and the founding director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, about Facebook’s algorithm changes, how she’d deal with the platform if she were running a news organisation, and why she has no time for trust as a metric for quality journalism.Read full article