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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 […]

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 […]

How NYT liveblogged Thursday’s GOP debate from Slack

To speed up its liveblogging process during last week’s GOP debate, The New York Times used a Chrome plugin to liveblog directly from internal messaging platform Slack. The plug-in allowed reporters to write posts directly in a Slack channel, where an editor could then review the posts before they were exported to another channel that […]

Trying to be as productive as possible may hold you back from innovation

The emphasis on productivity has gone too far, Tony Crabbe writes, and it’s holding back our opportunity for innovation. While increasing productivity can also increase profitability, Crabbe says increased productivity will rarely keep you ahead in the long run. When productivity increases, competitors increasingly use the same technology and best practices to achieve similar results, […]

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