Fostering innovation

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 […]

The sale of old newspaper buildings isn’t all bad because it can create more modern newsrooms

As many newspapers have sold their longtime headquarters, David Uberti writes that there’s an upside to the sale of these historic buildings: Letting go of these physical buildings makes it easier for newspapers to free themselves from the weight of the past, creating more modern newsrooms. The new offices are often better tailored for the […]

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 […]

Lessons from trying to create happier newsrooms: Some people are skeptical, but most newsrooms need it

Katie Hawkins-Gaar shares the lessons learned from Poynter’s Fun at Work Week, which was held earlier this month. Many people are skeptical of making work environments more fun, but Hawkins-Gaar writes that newsrooms need to become a little bit more fun: “Newsrooms don’t have a reputation for being the happiest places. We’re convinced that doesn’t […]

How to maintain the culture of a startup while still growing in scale

When you’re growing in scale, it can be difficult to maintain the values and culture of a startup. Ken Lin, CEO of Credit Karma, writes that communicating effectively with employees and prioritizing empathy among employees can help maintain that startup sensibility in a larger company. Most importantly, Lin says, is ensuring all employees are acting […]