Collaborative, Open, Mobile: A Thematic Exploration of Best Practices at the Forefront of Digital Journalism

13 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2020

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Jeff Howe

Northeastern University

Aleszu Bajak

Northeastern University

Dina Kraft

Northeastern University

John Wihbey

Northeastern University

Date Written: May 26, 2017

Abstract

Based on interviews with 72 data journalists, web developers, interactive graphics editors, and project managers in leading digital newsrooms around the world, this paper spotlights common processes, workflows, and tools used in the creation of stories. Beset by cyclical and secular market pressures and presented with a dizzying array of new technologies for news gathering, publishing, and distribution, news media has undergone a sustained period of upheaval. These interviews, conducted through the Storybench project at Northeastern University’s School of Journalism, offer a uniquely comprehensive and up-to-date snapshot of news production and design practices. They also suggest that three key areas of emphasis have begun to emerge from the tumult. These include: highly networked, team-based collaboration; an ethos of open-source sharing, both within and between newsrooms; and mobile-driven story presentation.

Keywords: news, digital media, data journalism, digital storytelling, media industry

Suggested Citation

Howe, Jeff and Bajak, Aleszu and Kraft, Dina and Wihbey, John, Collaborative, Open, Mobile: A Thematic Exploration of Best Practices at the Forefront of Digital Journalism (May 26, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3036984 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3036984

Jeff Howe

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Aleszu Bajak

Northeastern University ( email )

220 B RP
Boston, MA 02115
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Dina Kraft

Northeastern University ( email )

220 B RP
Boston, MA 02115
United States

John Wihbey (Contact Author)

Northeastern University ( email )

School of Journalism
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Cambridge, MA Massachusetts 02115
United States

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