Derek Willis on Newsroom Innovation
A primer in tweets
The confidential New York Times Innovation Report leaked to the media last week has stirred up plenty of intense reactions, including Nieman Lab’s epic-scale group-effort commentary and excerpts and a range of tweeted responses from journalists and digital publishing nerds:
This NYT digital report is actually quite good. Worth reading for most medium/large newsrooms: http://t.co/FR0VPxxqe4 (HT @moorehn)— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) May 15, 2014
Parts of the leaked doc will have you saying, "Hey, that's like my newsroom!" And parts will leave you adding, "… if it won Powerball."— Patrick Cooper (@btrpkc) May 16, 2014
If you’re interested in working in the news, there’s a lot here about what skills and habits the industry is in want of.— Mandy Brown (@aworkinglibrary) May 16, 2014
(Notably: people who can capably cross the editorial/product divide. Or who don’t see a divide there in the first place.)— Mandy Brown (@aworkinglibrary) May 16, 2014
It's baffling that NYT's Facebook page isn't run by editorial staff. http://t.co/HZ4bi5XmRL— Chris Heller (@c_heller) May 15, 2014
Willis Steps Up
Over the weekend, Times journalist, developer, and data scrutinizer Derek Willis dug into the report at length from the perspective of an insider who builds the kind of reusable systems called for by the report’s authors. Mark Friesen Storified some of the tweets, and we’ve collected a few more and annotated them using the text Willis quotes to provide context for readers who didn’t spend their weekend buried in the PDF.
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