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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 […]

The Washington Post’s new feature to re-engage distracted readers was conceived on the business side and is being tested on by editorial

The Washington Post’s new feature called “Re-Engage” aims to capture the attention of distracted readers by offering other story suggestions from the Post’s website. The idea of Re-Engage was conceived on the business side of the Post, but the editorial side is the one testing the tool as it rolls out to all sections of […]

Why Storyful thinks of all of its journalists as innovators

Storyful’s internal “10 commandments” define what the company is and the philosophies behind their work. Focusing on encouraging everyone at Storyful to push the boundaries, founder and director of innovation Mark Little defines the 10th commandment as: “A Storyful journalist is also an innovator. We each have a responsibility to constantly push boundaries and challenge […]

How to use the ‘edge strategy’ to discover new business opportunities

Opportunity resides along the edges, Alan Lewis and Dan McKone write, or the borders between what your business does and what it doesn’t do. Lewis and McKone say there’s typically three kinds of “edges” framing a business: the boundary between the business and the customer, the points where the customer relationship currently begins and ends, […]

Why the publisher’s homepage is making a comeback

“With the rise of social and search, the publisher homepage was left for dead,” Ricardo Bilton writes, but the homepage is starting to slow return to relevance. More publishers are seeing the homepage as a way to make a statement for their brand, instead of just a “front door” for traffic to articles. Co-founder of […]

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