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Tips from espnW’s founder for starting a business within an existing business

When Laura Gentile founded women’s sports network espnW five years ago, she essentially started a new business within an existing company. Gentile offers her advice for pitching a new startup within your existing company: Arm yourself with research and data that shows there’s a market and a reason your idea will work, and build a […]

How automated Twitter bots try to spread the news

When I hear about bots, or software designed to act like humans on social networks, the first thing that pops into my mind is automated accounts spewing spam across the Internet. Not all bots are bad, though. In fact, some Twitter bots are circulating valuable news and information, according to a forthcoming research article by […]

New York Times creates a separate editorial group for production of the print edition

The New York Times is making a big change in how it produces its print edition: To break free of traditional end-of-day deadlines, NYT is moving print responsibilities away from individual desks and into the hands of a newly-created editorial group specifically for print production. The new editorial group will be part of a news […]

How to become a ‘digital organization’ without leaving employees behind

A digital transformation is more than updating devices and technology, Charles-Edouard Bouée writes. Transforming an organization into a digital one requires changing daily practices, workplace structures, and ultimately people’s mindsets. Bouée recommends looking at your employees’ “digital maturity,” which is often higher than that of the company, by examining what kinds of skills and digital […]

How NBCUniversal built a tool to centralize information and reporting across its platforms

To improve communication between its thousands of employees, NBCUniversal built NewsConnect, a dashboard that helps staff share information and story updates. NewsConnect is organized around the story, which users then add information to in the form of a document, fact, video, or other update. Stories are then categorized as “submitted,” “working,” or “ready.” NBCU’s vice […]

How NYT is applying Innovation Report lessons to its real estate section

One of the key points from The New York Times’ Innovation Report was NYT’s failure to take advantage of its archival content, a lesson that it’s now applying in its real estate section. Starting yesterday, readers pulling up a real estate listing will not only see floor plans and housing market data, but also related […]

To come to a more innovative solution, reframe the problem you’re addressing

Tina Seelig, author of “Insight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head And Into the World,” says to find more innovative solutions to problems, you have to change the way you’re thinking about the issue. Seelig recommends starting by “frame-storming,” brainstorming new ways to frame your question that may lead to different answers. Then, intentionally […]

Managing change within news organizations

Although change is inevitable, some innovations are easier for newsrooms to adopt than others. How change fares has much to do with how the innovation is introduced and communicated. In their latest research, assistant professor Brian Ekdale from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa teamed up with professor Jane […]

Tips for hosting startup-like projects within your newsroom

Freek Staps writes that while innovation is associated with startups, innovation is an organizational structure issue in newsrooms. After visiting a variety of newsrooms, Staps has put together a “roadmap” for other publishers looking to transform their organization and infuse some aspects of startup culture. Among the advice Staps offers: Make sure the top leadership […]

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