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The communication tool isn’t the problem, it’s how your organization chooses to use it

Whether your team chooses to use Slack, Hipchat or another tool for communication, Pickcrew’s Jory MacKay writes that those tools can only be successful if expectations are set correctly from the start. MacKay writes: “If you hit your thumb with a hammer, you’re not going to go back to using a rock, are you? You’re […]

How publishers should deal with mass layoffs

Mass layoffs are bad for everyone involved, but they’re a reality most publishers have to be prepared to deal with, Lucia Moses writes. Taking a look at recent layoffs at Mashable, IBT Media and Yahoo, Moses rounds up some of the best ways to handle layoffs and move forward, including why companies should embrace social […]

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 […]

Why leaders should talk less and ask ‘why’ more

Dottie Mattison, CEO of online retailer Gracious Home New York, says leaders should be talking less, but asking why more often: “I talk a lot less than I used to. I still talk too much, and I work on this every single day. A mentor of mine once told me, ‘You stop at the first […]

The psychology behind how leaders effectively connect with their teams

Research shows that leaders connect with those they’re leading by quickly synchronizing their brain waves through high-quality conversations, Srini Pillay writes, putting leaders and teams on the same wavelength. Pillay outlines three ideas based in brain science that can help leaders connect with their teams: Leaders consciously decide to synchronize with their teams, they set […]

How the Financial Times is helping the newsroom better understand its metrics

The Financial Times is trying to make its metrics more accessible to the newsroom with a tool called Lantern. The goal of Lantern is to help the newsroom understand metrics beyond just pageviews, giving them information such as average time on page, what type of device readers are on, retention rate and average scroll depth. […]

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 […]

GateHouse and New Media Investment Group agreed to keep the new owner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal a secret ‘indefinitely,’ SEC filings show

You might have heard: After the Las Vegas Review-Journal was purchased under mysterious circumstances, the family of casino owner Sheldon Adelson was identified as the new owner, but the family said it didn’t intend to keep the news a secret But did you know: According to New Media Investment Group’s 10-K filing with the Securities and […]

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