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This page collects the latest from a broad range of the original content API publishes, including Q&As with leaders and thinkers who illuminate the path forward for news organizations, and in-depth research reports.

Facing Change: The needs, attitudes and experiences of people in media

A new study of communication graduates finds that people in many different industries — from commercial brands to government and think tanks — now produce what they consider journalism, and while they are pessimistic about the direction of news in general, most believe their own work in the last five years has gotten better. In […]

How social sharing varies by news topic and social platform

What causes some stories to catch fire on social media while others fall flat? Is it determined by indefinable qualities, or are there some elements that can be understood and controlled? According to new academic research published in Journalism Studies, the topic of the news and the social media platform play influential roles in how […]

T. rex Autopsy: 5 good questions with Erin Fifer, National Geographic research manager

The National Geographic Channel in June released an ambitious project that took eight months to complete: a (very bloody) hands-on, boots-on examination of what it might be like to conduct an autopsy on “the biggest, baddest meat-eater that ever lived.” A life-sized replica of the tyrannosaurus rex — with realistic-looking organs, blood and horrible dead-carnivore […]

What happens when a curation site emphasizes fact-checking? 5 good questions with Matt Savener of Upworthy

Upworthy defines itself as a curation site for “compelling, meaningful” content — and that content is typically shared widely, often going viral. When Upworthy was launched three years ago by top-ranking ex-staffers from MoveOn and The Onion, it quickly became known for a couple of things: Its speedy growth in both audience and investors; and […]

Readers have mixed feelings about journalists interacting on Facebook

On Facebook, personal storytelling and interaction abound. For journalists, however, these practices seem to breach traditional norms that they should avoid entering the fray. But what about when journalists have Facebook pages? Should journalists engage, as Facebook norms suggest? Or avoid interaction, as traditional journalism norms dictate? New research by Dr. Jayeon Lee, assistant professor […]

The best practices for innovation within news organizations

Innovation. It’s a word thrown around at lot in journalism today. There are innovation editors, teams, vice presidents, programs, and chairs at journalism schools. The New York Times produced a widely dissected internal innovation report. At a time of massive disruption and transformation, innovation is an imperative for news organizations. But it’s also a vague […]

A culture-based strategy for creating innovation in news organizations

For journalism it truly is the best of times and the worst of times. The best, in that never has there been more opportunity for creative storytelling, audience expansion, and crafting or grasping new digital tools for whatever needs arise. The worst, in that news organizations are often unable to seize the opportunities at their […]

Welcome our new summer fellow, Katie Yaeger

This week, we’re excited to welcome our new summer fellow, Katie Yaeger. Katie graduated from the University of Missouri this spring with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. She will return to the Missouri School of Journalism in the fall to pursue her master’s in strategic communication. While studying at the University of Missouri, Katie served as the director of […]

How to build audiences with single-subject news products

As audiences gain more choices for news, they are increasingly turning to specialized sources. That represents a challenge to general-interest publishers but also creates an opportunity to reach new audiences by being the best source on a particular topic. Topic, not demographics or habits, is now the biggest factor determining where people turn for news. […]

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The best practices for innovation within news organizations

This Strategy Study presents examples and insights about journalism innovation, offering actionable advice and methods to move your journalism and business forward.