Category: Innovation

Panelists look at successes and limitations of innovative video formats, including Facebook Live and VR

Watch the video panel discussion from ISOJ 2017. The audience at the 18th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) heard from journalists, professors and media directors about how news organizations can use innovative video formats to inform and engage with audiences. This was part of the panel “Video everywhere: From live coverage to VR, 360 …  Read More

Vox Media publisher Melissa Bell implores journalists to work together to solve the industry’s problems

Watch video of Melissa Bell’s keynote presentation or her discussion with Jeff Jarvis. The journalism industry is in desperate need of change, according to Vox Media publisher Melissa Bell during her keynote speech April 22 the 18th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ). When Bell co-founded in 2014, she said they were convinced it …  Read More

Huffington Post’s Lydia Polgreen offers plan to reach the “unnewsed”

Watch video of Lydia Polgreen’s keynote presentation or her discussion with Evan Smith. Lydia Polgreen, editor-in chief of The Huffington Post, unveiled her plan at the 18th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on April 21 to revolutionize news consumption by creating platforms that appeal to the masses who do not usually follow the news. Echoing …  Read More

Leading female journalists from Texas and Mexico discuss accountability and digital strategy at pre-ISOJ event

Leer en español   Update: Registration is full for this seminar. Click here to join the waiting list. The day before the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) begins, leading women journalists from Mexico and Texas will meet to discuss transparency, credibility and other journalistic values during an era of heightened political divisiveness in both …  Read More

International hackathon will develop tools for accountability journalism to improve trust with readers

Two years ago, journalist Albertine Piels set up her first website in an attempt to gauge interest in coding among other reporters and to build a following for her first hackathon. Within hours, hundreds of people had rushed to the site. Shortly after, Piels and Nienke Huitenga created the company Hackastory to host hackathons, events …  Read More

Optimizing News Through Social Media Rather Than Feeding the Search Engine

Friends and followers: Unite and write! Social media is becoming a major player in the field of journalism. Representatives from all around the digital news realm spoke in a panel at ISOJ 2012 that discussed a prevailing wind bringing us from SEO (search engine optimization) to SMO (social media optimization). Reporters and editors have often …  Read More

REPORTR.NET: Christian Science Monitor grapples with tensions as web-only

The research presented at ISOJ by Jonathan Groves, Drury University and Carrie Brown, University of Memphis, looked at the Christian Science Monitor’s transition from print to web. For the paper, the researchers spent three weeks in the newsroom, watching how journalists worked and talking to them about journalism. The Monitor started in 1908 as a …  Read More

Gerber touts Google’s One Pass, hints at mobile applications

Jim Gerber, director of content partnerships with Google, opened a panel discussion, during the 12th ISOJ, of the challenges to paid news content by citing three critical areas: (1) sustaining traffic while bringing in and maintaining advertising without alienating consumers; (2) managing access and revenue models; and (3) selling across multiple platforms. Gerber then focused …  Read More

REPORTR.NET: iPad lessons from ‘The Daily’

John Kilpatrick, vice president of design for The Daily, provided an inside look into the new iPad app at the ISOJ. The Daily is a custom application with a custom content management system that was built from the ground up for product. The idea is to be able to create custom experiences everyday, exploring what …  Read More

REPORTR.NET: Research shows benefits of open innovation for news

The first research paper at ISOJ from Tanja Aitamurto, University of Tampere, Finland, and Seth Lewis, University of Minnesota, looked at processes of innovation. Presenting the paper, Lewis highlighted the challenge facing news organizations today: keeping up with modern demands for R&D while finding new sources of revenue. He said media organizations have under invested …  Read More