Northeastern’s Storybench team on the “secret sauce” of digital news

Through the Northeastern University Storybench project, 72 digital journalists were interviewed to create a snapshot of best practices in newsroom collaboration. This meta study produced the following key characteristics:

  • highly networked, team-based collaboration
  • an ethos of open-source sharing, both within and between newsrooms
  • mobile-driven story presentation

The authors – Jeff Howe, Aleszu Bajak, Dina Kraft, John Wihbey – got into the nuts and bolts of practical day-to-day collaboration, with good quotes like “a little D3 goes a long way.”

This effort, like Cindy Royal’s paper for ISOJ 2017, will help address the pipeline problem in media tech and product by exposing more students to careers and opportunities in the field. Digital journalism and “product work” are slightly different. It’s been interesting to see conversations in News Nerdery lately about job applicants who’ve been steered away from editorial work towards product or tech jobs. But in general I think these vocations are similar enough that someone can bounce between both worlds over the course of their career.

The PDF is below, and you can read more about their methodology on the Storybench blog.

Posted Jun. 13 2017, 5:30 am by Davis