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Managing the Online Newsroom

  1. 1. Managing an 
 Online Newsroom NESPA –– May 2014 ! Jason Wallestad
  2. 2. The high school newsroom has been built around a print paradigm ●Number of stories ●Length of stories ●Timeline – Assignments, Writing Process, Deadlines
  3. 3. To see what the online newsroom should be, let’s look at the capabilities of the medium.
  4. 4. ●You can publish one story at a time. ●There’s no limit to the number you can publish. ●There’s no length limit on stories. ●Stories will be more likely to be read if they’re timely and relevant. ●You can publish video, audio, & unlimited photos
  5. 5. The online revolution in high school media should fundamentally change your journalism classroom ●Your audience is redefined. ●Your timeline is redefined. ●Your definition of content is redefined
  6. 6. If we let the needs of an online newsroom drive our teaching, what we get is…
  7. 7. CHAOS
  8. 8. Managing the chaos – the big picture Tip 1: Acceptance. Embrace the chaos.
  9. 9. Managing the chaos – the big picture Tip 2: Empower student leaders. De-emphasize your role as teacher.
  10. 10. Managing the chaos – the big picture Tip 3: Create a culture of urgency.
  11. 11. Managing the chaos – the big picture Tip 4: Motivate beyond the grade.
  12. 12. Managing the chaos – the big picture Tip 5: Create a culture of communication and collaboration.
  13. 13. Managing the chaos – the big picture Tip 6: Set and uphold standards.
  14. 14. Managing the chaos – the big picture Tip 7: Make sure that students are always thinking in terms of their audience.
  15. 15. Managing the chaos – practical tips Tip 1: Have an online EIC.
  16. 16. Managing the chaos – practical tips Tip 2: Hold daily staff leadership meetings.
  17. 17. Managing the chaos – practical tips Tip 3: Hold daily staff meetings.
  18. 18. Managing the chaos – practical tips Tip 4: Pull together small group meetings regularly. Make students physically move.
  19. 19. Managing the chaos – practical tips Tip 5: Review analytics daily. Don’t let your audience be an abstraction.
  20. 20. Managing the chaos – practical tips Tip 6: Have a virtual space for tracking assignments.
  21. 21. Managing the chaos – practical tips Tip 7: Have a virtual space for communication outside of class.
  22. 22. Managing the chaos – practical tips Tip 8: Use Google Docs
  23. 23. Managing the chaos – practical tips Tip 9: Set quotas for both writers and editors
  24. 24. Managing the chaos – practical tips Tip 10: Set up stations/desks for individual editors
  25. 25. Managing the chaos – practical tips Tip 11: Set deadlines realistically
  26. 26. Managing the chaos – practical tips Tip 12: Check in with as many students as you can every day.
  27. 27. Managing the chaos – practical tips Tip 13: Get your EIC to make rounds.
  28. 28. Managing the chaos – practical tips Tip 14: Don’t be stressed out by downtime.
  29. 29. Managing the chaos – practical tips Tip 15: Make all students involved in a story sit together.
  30. 30. Managing the chaos – practical tips Tip 16: Publish stories when they’re ready. Don’t schedule them.
  31. 31. Managing the chaos – practical tips Tip 17: Have a plan for publishing breaking news quickly.
  32. 32. Managing the chaos – build systems Story Assignment Process Editing Process Publishing Process Grading

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