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Building a real-time newsroom
As the game of journalism evolves, so should the players. With real-time becoming an expected and integral part of content, editors are faced with the responsibility of building real-time-savvy newsrooms. But are all journalists keeping pace?
Hi, everyone! We'll be starting the chat in about 20 mins. If you have any questions for our panel, please submit them via the comment box.
Thanks for joining us in our second installment of Scribble Chats! My name's Miles Kenyon and I'm a digital journalist and trainer at ScribbleLive. Today, we're going to be talking about how editors and in-house trainers can empower their newsrooms to be real-time-savvy.
I'm very pleased to be joined by an esteemed panel of guests.
Steve Buttry bioSteve Buttryby Miles Kenyon on Jul 23, 2013 at 2:24 PM
Steve Buttry is digital transformation editor
for Digital First Media. He oversees efforts to transform newsroom operations
and culture to more effectively pursue the company’s digital goals. His duties
include responsibility for social media and community engagement.
visited more than 60 DFM newsrooms personally, leading workshops and coaching
editors and other journalists in following the Digital First approach.
In a journalism career of more than 40 years,
Buttry has been an editor, reporter and writing coach for seven U.S. newspapers
and was director of community engagement for TBD.com. He was named Editor of
the Year in 2010 by Editor & Publisher magazine
for his work as editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette and his blog has been named one of the 10 best blogs on the future of the news business.
Shauna Rempel bioShauna Rempel is the Toronto Star’s social media team editor. She spent two years as the Star’s editor in charge of training and development and she taught journalism students at Centennial College. Shauna has a master of journalism degree from Ottawa’s Carleton University.Shauna Rempelby Miles Kenyon on Jul 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM@ShaunaRempel
Teryl Franklin bioTeryl Franklin is the platform content manager for the Wisconsin State Journal and Madison.com. Previously the newspaper’s managing editor, she helps lead the newsroom’s news coverage and manages a specific digital content team that focuses on interactives, data, video, live coverage, social media and higher-level website management.Teryl Franklinby Miles Kenyon on Jul 23, 2013 at 2:32 PM@TerylFranklin
Clearly I need to do some editing on my bio. That sucker was way too long.
Thanks for having me, Miles.
Thanks, Miles! Honoured to be here.
I think that's a pretty good problem to have, Steve!
Thanks for hosting this, Miles. It's a pleasure to join you, Shauna and Teryl.
Let’s start with a broad question to you all: what marks a newsroom as being real-time-savvy? What are some indicators that show they’ve successfully incorporated real-time practices into their reporting?
Newsrooms should cover most breaking news and events in real time, using ScribbleLive or another live-reporting tool.
I think consistently showing incremental storytelling Is a good sign. And a regular stream of live blogs or chats.
You need to be live-tweeting nearly every event that a reporter covers. You need to be considering livestreaming options. You need to host live chats about important community issues.
You need all the journalists in the newsroom thinking about how to tell stories as they unfold. You need a newsroom that welcomes experimentation with new tools and techniques.
Really a real-time savvy newsroom is one that makes it look easy. It's just part of their daily coverage to have multiple liveblogs and regular updates from the field.
Really great responses from you all and I'm going to pick them apart individually for a second
Steve and Shauna make a good point. It's not just about the big stories, because we all tend to do that well. It's how we handle the day-to-day coverage.
Steve and Teryl, you mention experimentation and consistency respectively: how do you encourage your newsrooms to blend these two concepts?
You need to experiment consistently.
I really like that., Steve.
I think experimentation and consistency are compatible: You consistently plan on covering events and breaking news live. But you experiment with tools and techniques for doing that.
For instance, you might try a livestream that really sucks because the audio was bad and the video was uninteresting. So next time you might use mics to pick up the sound better and position the camera somewhere else or assign a moving journalist to shoot the video.
Consistency is really hard, and there are missed opportunities in every newsroom, including mine. We tend to rally around big news events and do everything right. But are we live tweeting more routine court hearings or press conferences? Newsroom leaders really have to push to make it happen.
Or you may decide that the next similar event isn't worth a livestream, so you cover by livetweeting instead of livestreaming.
We tend to experiment with lower-level coverage so it's not a huge loss if it doesn't work out.
I like the phrase "newsroom leaders" Teryl, which I believe accurately describes all three of you.
Awww, thanks, Miles.
That doesn't mean you can't have some video in the livetweeting. You might throw in a few Touts, which bring some video into it, but in a more selective way than the livestream.
Now that we've covered how newsrooms should be reporting once they're trained, let's talk about how they get there.
And, of course, you feed the tweets and Touts into your website using ScribbleLive.
Shauna, you made a great point that newsrooms should be making this look easy. Can you explain a bit about some successful training strategies you've seen?
Well, in the Star newsroom we've done a lot of training on Twitter over the years. We have offered sessions at a Twitter 101 basic level as well as advanced, often with the expert users training the beginners. As a result, many reporters live-tweet from news events without prompting.
At Digital First, we are big fans of the ScribbleLive Training Wiki. You folks provide great training, Miles.
We've done several of the Scribble trainings, too, and learned a lot.
I include some aspect of live coverage in most of my newsroom visits, either in a formal workshop or individual coaching or both.
As important as training is, the best way to learn live coverage is to try it with some routine events. Then you'll have sharp skills for when the big story breaks or the big event comes to town.
We're fans of both the Scribble trainings and the free or inexpensive webinars offered by Poynter. We've also encouraged staffers to take advantage of webinars offered by Newspapers Canada.
So, learn by doing seems to be the way to go.
Our training tends to be one-on-one, based on how tech-savvy people are. We have a newsroom full of years of experience, but sometimes people are intimidated when asked to tweet photos or videos. They think it will be hard. They just need someone to show them how easy it is.
In line with that Teryl, we have an audience question from Dana Lacey.