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Why digital transformations require leaders to change some of their core beliefs

Many businesses, in the news industry and outside of it, believe they can transform into a digitally focused organization by making small tweaks, Barry Libert, Megan Beck and Jerry Wind write. But a real digital transformation requires a change in the leadership’s core beliefs. While industries are built around a set of traditional assumptions and […]

How Vox Media built a bot for discovering related content

After talking to editors and hearing a need for a tool to find older articles that people may have forgotten about, the Vox Media product team built a bot to solve the problem. The team chose to build a Slack bot, making it easier for editors to use the bot within their existing workflows. An […]

3 crucial steps for a successful digital transformation in newsrooms

News organizations often get stuck with digital transformation projects, finding the idea of getting started daunting. Dietmar Schantin says there’s three essential steps for digital transformation in newsrooms: A powerful vision needs to be conveyed to the entire organization, the parts of the organization that will be affected need to be identified, and leaders for […]

How the Times of London is making Slack its ‘hub for everything’

Slack’s senior manager of accounts James Sherrett says Slack is an “iceberg product”: There’s more beneath the surface than what you first see. “People get that it is a communications platform; then, they get that you can use it for file sharing, then integrating it with apps. The further you go with it the more […]

How to decide what tools are the right tools to use in your newsroom

There’s tons of tools available to newsrooms, NPR’s Brian Boyer writes. “Every tool forces you down a path,” Boyer writes, making it important to determine what tools are the right tools for your newsroom. Boyer’s advice for picking the right tools: “Before you select a tool, you must first intimately understand the problem you’re trying […]

The scientific reason why your first idea is rarely your best one

Neurologist David Eagleman says there’s a scientific reason why your first idea isn’t usually your best one: Our brains are lazy, and the first idea we have is usually the handiest idea, rather than the best idea. To get your brain to your best idea, Eagleman says: “The key to innovation is to distrust the […]

The downside of Slack at work: ‘Group chat is like being in an all-day meeting with random participants and no agenda’

Group chat apps for the workplace such as Slack and Hipchat have some major advantages when it comes to improving workflows and internal communications, but Jason Fried writes that these apps also have their issues when used improperly. The potential downsides, Fried writes, include creating a culture where everything needs to be handled ASAP, a […]

Why Quartz is using Medium to document its move to a new office

“Moving offices can be a pain, but it’s also an opportunity to take stock of how the company has grown what it could still become,” Quartz’s Zach Seward writes. To do that, Quartz is documenting its move to a new office on Medium, writing about topics including how to capture a company’s culture in a […]

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