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Robinson. 2009.

ISOJ 2009

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Robinson. 2009.

  1. 1. News Work, News Space in the Transforming Digital Newsroom Sue Robinson The University of Wisconsin-Madison April 2009 CONVERGENCE CRISES
  2. 2. Reporter 1: I guess we’re getting laptops. I feel like I need one … But I also feel like we’re being co-opted into the 24-7 world, man. It never ends. Reporter 2: I am too old for this shit. I can’t wait until I retire.
  3. 3. Research Questions 1) Values, considerations, assumptions influencing physical virtual transition 2) How are digital tools affecting news performance? 3) How has the newsroom’s culture changed? 4) What works? Are changes in ‘real world’ creating hoped-for digital transformations?
  4. 4. Newspaper Culture Lingers: Even among staffs directed to go completely virtual Mobile, cyber-newsroom: Inhospitable to old-world reporters Changed Social Patterns: According to digital skills  Technology = Replacing journalism “[The digital camera] makes you feel a little more small time, like you’re writing for some little weekly.” Findings
  5. 5. What Works
  6. 6. Combining Staffs, Changing Physical Space “What? It’s ‘let’s paint the walls and move stuff around’? Please. How is that going to help anyone?” BUT Being able to see online editors had “put them in the front of my mind, whereas before I never really thought about them because I could not see them from where I was sitting.”
  7. 7. Connecting Technology to Journalists’ Values Better Stories (multiple drafts of a story) More Sources and Scoops Larger Audiences: “As reporters began to realize that they now had a national and international audience, they warmed up to web.” **** Hire trainer to guide them from physical world to virtual one
  8. 8. Giving Authority to Online Editors Visual Presence (as in meetings) Organizational Leadership Delegation Authority (assigning stories) “I’m not sure if [Online Editor] can tell me I have to post. Can he? I already have one boss.”
  9. 9. Building in Physical Reminders of Journalism Prioritize Stories Perpetuate Bylines/Photos/Emails Archive, Aggregate News Work Create Journalist Sub-Brands It was so buried, I felt, what is the point? Sometimes it seems that we lose our soul.”
  10. 10. Recognizing Altered News Work Journalism as a Process (An Unfinished Story, but also: Journalistic Opportunities) Omnipresent Work, Cross Platform Work Management Expectations