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Thunderdome and Beyond
International Symposium on Online Journalism
Austin, TX; April 19, 2013
2011: Where We Were
• Unsustainable cost structure.
• Too many journalists focused on production, not the creation
of compelling local content – our only competitive advantage.
• Different print designs, web designs and content management
systems from property to property.
• No common ad map on print and digital products.
• No ability to take advantage of scale.
• Not enough digital focus.
• Shortage of key digital skillsets.
• In short … too much inefficiency.
Problems to Solve
• How do reduce production needs and yet get more unique content to
differentiate our digital products?
• How do we respond quickly to national audience and revenue
opportunities without upsetting the tenuous nature of our newsrooms
and sales forces?
• How do add we create uniqueness outside of local to help improve SEO
and create audience growth opportunities?
• How do we grow digital know-how in our newsrooms in a cost-effective
fashion?
• How do newsrooms gain digital expertise in a world where changes
come by the day, not the year?
• How do newsrooms improve their cost structure and get new products
with a digital-first focus?
THE ANSWER?
THUNDERDOME
Primary T-Dome Functions
Centralization of
non-local news
editing and web
production
Creation of new
traffic- and
revenue-driving
content channel
and products
Creation of
DFM-wide
editorial support
network with key
digital
capabilities
Primary T-Dome Functions
Centralization of
non-local news
editing and web
production
Creation of new
traffic- and
revenue-driving
content channel
and products
Creation of
DFM-wide
editorial support
network with key
digital
capabilities
COST
REVEN
UE
QUALI
TY
Story Coverage
• More than 60 DFM journalists from 20-plus
papers in CT, MA, PA, NY, VT and CO
contributed to Newtown coverage.
• Thunderdome’s data, video and curation
teams collaborated with local newsrooms.
• Thunderdome filled in any gaps in what
local newsrooms could handle.
• Thunderdome made sure all of DFM knew
what Newtown content was being
produced across the company – and the
country.
• We have Thunderdome journalists in
Boston and Texas as we speak.
Real-Time News Coverage
• For major news events – planned or
unplanned – we produce real-time
coverage that includes photos, video,
reader interaction and social media
integration.
• Among the events we’ve provided
live coverage of:
– The Oscars
– NCAA Tournament opening weekend
– Christopher Dorner manhunt
– All 2012 presidential debates
– Election Night
– Supreme Court gay marriage hearings
– Boston Marathon bombing
– Texas fertilizer explosion
Non-Local News Production
• We produce a steady feed of major
non-local news stories from across
all subject areas.
• Stories are presented with a
digital-first mindset, meaning more
integration of social and
multimedia elements.
• Around major news events, we
produce special packages
integrating multiple partners and
storytelling forms.
• We are staffed 18/7 and on call
24/7.
Viral News Production
• A la BuzzFeed and Huffington Post,
we produce content designed to be
viral, focusing on lists and unique
news presentations.
• Using tools like Storify, Spundge,
Meograph and Geofeedia, we
produce content that’ll resonate
with digital news consumers.
• We produce weekly packages on
oddities around the globe,
including:
– Weird Wide World
– Corruption Chronicles
– Hollywood Gone Wild
– Bizarre Blotter
Content Curation & Sharing
• Curation is one of digital’s most important arts. We provide services that:
– Pull together multiple threads to ably summarize a major story, thereby saving the
time of readers.
– Discover interesting stories that would be of interest to the broadest possible
audience.
– Provide research to find interesting related links to major stories of the day
• We also share out 30-35 DFM articles
per day, and also 15-20 partner
articles.
• These services allow our papers to
drive additional traffic by using more
stories we think will be of interest to
our readers.
Editorial Data Development
• Data-driven content drives traffic
and requires limited maintenance,
but many newsrooms don’t have
any staff devoted to data.
• Thunderdome provides:
– Basic datasets for major news
events, i.e. elections, sports
events, etc.
– Assistance in turning acquired
datasets into effective consumer-
facing digital products.
– Training on how to do basic data
development.
Video Storytelling
• Video is becoming more and
more important to our digital
products, especially in mobile.
• But effectively producing
video content is hard, and
requires significant
investment.
• We provide the following
services:
– Video training, both technical
and creative.
– Story creation
Photo Gallery Production
• Photo galleries drive tremendous
traffic, but doing them well takes
time.
• Thunderdome produces 10-15
photo galleries per day, covering all
major subject areas.
• These galleries are produced by
the award-winning Denver Post
photo team, which has won two
Pulitzer Prizes in the past four
years.
Channel Creation & Management
• We will soon begin launching
content verticals to deepen our
sites and provide new sales
opportunities.
• Currently planned:
– Politics
– Nation
– World
– Business
– Sports
– Technology
– Opinion
– Food
– Families
– Health
– More…
Plug & Play Mobile Apps
• The world is moving to mobile –
and fast.
• Building scalable and smart mobile
apps requires significant
investment.
• Our mobile apps are currently
being rolled out across properties,
with a terrific review coming from
no less an expert than Mario
Garcia.
Training
• We provide training on skills
such as:
– Social media
– Video shooting and production
– Data/infographics development
– Curation
• We also specialized training on
new digital tools, such as:
– Spundge
– Storify
– Tout
– Meograph
– Geofeedia
– More…

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Brady jim

  • 1. Thunderdome and Beyond International Symposium on Online Journalism Austin, TX; April 19, 2013
  • 2. 2011: Where We Were • Unsustainable cost structure. • Too many journalists focused on production, not the creation of compelling local content – our only competitive advantage. • Different print designs, web designs and content management systems from property to property. • No common ad map on print and digital products. • No ability to take advantage of scale. • Not enough digital focus. • Shortage of key digital skillsets. • In short … too much inefficiency.
  • 3. Problems to Solve • How do reduce production needs and yet get more unique content to differentiate our digital products? • How do we respond quickly to national audience and revenue opportunities without upsetting the tenuous nature of our newsrooms and sales forces? • How do add we create uniqueness outside of local to help improve SEO and create audience growth opportunities? • How do we grow digital know-how in our newsrooms in a cost-effective fashion? • How do newsrooms gain digital expertise in a world where changes come by the day, not the year? • How do newsrooms improve their cost structure and get new products with a digital-first focus?
  • 6. Primary T-Dome Functions Centralization of non-local news editing and web production Creation of new traffic- and revenue-driving content channel and products Creation of DFM-wide editorial support network with key digital capabilities
  • 7. Primary T-Dome Functions Centralization of non-local news editing and web production Creation of new traffic- and revenue-driving content channel and products Creation of DFM-wide editorial support network with key digital capabilities COST REVEN UE QUALI TY
  • 8. Story Coverage • More than 60 DFM journalists from 20-plus papers in CT, MA, PA, NY, VT and CO contributed to Newtown coverage. • Thunderdome’s data, video and curation teams collaborated with local newsrooms. • Thunderdome filled in any gaps in what local newsrooms could handle. • Thunderdome made sure all of DFM knew what Newtown content was being produced across the company – and the country. • We have Thunderdome journalists in Boston and Texas as we speak.
  • 9. Real-Time News Coverage • For major news events – planned or unplanned – we produce real-time coverage that includes photos, video, reader interaction and social media integration. • Among the events we’ve provided live coverage of: – The Oscars – NCAA Tournament opening weekend – Christopher Dorner manhunt – All 2012 presidential debates – Election Night – Supreme Court gay marriage hearings – Boston Marathon bombing – Texas fertilizer explosion
  • 10. Non-Local News Production • We produce a steady feed of major non-local news stories from across all subject areas. • Stories are presented with a digital-first mindset, meaning more integration of social and multimedia elements. • Around major news events, we produce special packages integrating multiple partners and storytelling forms. • We are staffed 18/7 and on call 24/7.
  • 11. Viral News Production • A la BuzzFeed and Huffington Post, we produce content designed to be viral, focusing on lists and unique news presentations. • Using tools like Storify, Spundge, Meograph and Geofeedia, we produce content that’ll resonate with digital news consumers. • We produce weekly packages on oddities around the globe, including: – Weird Wide World – Corruption Chronicles – Hollywood Gone Wild – Bizarre Blotter
  • 12. Content Curation & Sharing • Curation is one of digital’s most important arts. We provide services that: – Pull together multiple threads to ably summarize a major story, thereby saving the time of readers. – Discover interesting stories that would be of interest to the broadest possible audience. – Provide research to find interesting related links to major stories of the day • We also share out 30-35 DFM articles per day, and also 15-20 partner articles. • These services allow our papers to drive additional traffic by using more stories we think will be of interest to our readers.
  • 13. Editorial Data Development • Data-driven content drives traffic and requires limited maintenance, but many newsrooms don’t have any staff devoted to data. • Thunderdome provides: – Basic datasets for major news events, i.e. elections, sports events, etc. – Assistance in turning acquired datasets into effective consumer- facing digital products. – Training on how to do basic data development.
  • 14. Video Storytelling • Video is becoming more and more important to our digital products, especially in mobile. • But effectively producing video content is hard, and requires significant investment. • We provide the following services: – Video training, both technical and creative. – Story creation
  • 15. Photo Gallery Production • Photo galleries drive tremendous traffic, but doing them well takes time. • Thunderdome produces 10-15 photo galleries per day, covering all major subject areas. • These galleries are produced by the award-winning Denver Post photo team, which has won two Pulitzer Prizes in the past four years.
  • 16. Channel Creation & Management • We will soon begin launching content verticals to deepen our sites and provide new sales opportunities. • Currently planned: – Politics – Nation – World – Business – Sports – Technology – Opinion – Food – Families – Health – More…
  • 17. Plug & Play Mobile Apps • The world is moving to mobile – and fast. • Building scalable and smart mobile apps requires significant investment. • Our mobile apps are currently being rolled out across properties, with a terrific review coming from no less an expert than Mario Garcia.
  • 18. Training • We provide training on skills such as: – Social media – Video shooting and production – Data/infographics development – Curation • We also specialized training on new digital tools, such as: – Spundge – Storify – Tout – Meograph – Geofeedia – More…

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