Carnival of Journalism: Modernizing college media organizations

The Carnival of Journalism returns! This is our first post back, and our mission is to try to have thoughtful discourse around different journalism topics. This month we turn our attention to the future of journalism: Journalism students. THE TOPIC  Student news organizations have traditionally existed to give students experience before entering the workforce. The …

Who needs a business model, anyway? Online journalism does. #jcarn

This post is for the Carnival of Journalism. Every month some of the top journalism thinkers around get together to debate topics in journalism. What’s the biggest problem facing journalism today? Lack of journo-hackers? Not enough staff resources? Too little focus on mobile? Not enough data? Print curmudgeons? Lack of free coffee for employees? No. The …

News organizations need to rethink staff resources in order to promote innovation

It’s a simple question: What should news organizations stop doing, today, immediately, to make more time for innovation? And it’s a simple answer: News organizations should stop pretending like it’s the pre-Internet days. Most news organizations are still legacy-first. Newspapers still care more about the print edition than the Web edition. Beats are still centered …

Rewriting (rethinking) written content on the Web

The inverted pyramid might still have a place in journalism, but it doesn’t make sense as the dominant writing style on the Web. In fact, the beauty of the Web is that each story can have a different writing style. And story lengths are no longer dictated by arbitrary space constraints in print publications. The …