October 31, 2014
Local Fix: News Design as Plumbing, Building for Trust and Working With Freelancers
One Good Idea: Know Your Rights. Jeff Hermes of the Media Law Resource Center and a longtime advocate of for independent journalists, believes that “The biggest threat to press rights may be a failure to understand them.” Thisinterview in CJR offers some concrete advice for longtime local publishers and new start-ups.
Design as Plumbing: Thinking About How Journalism Works on the Web
Here are a few good recent links on news design. The folks at Immersive, a tool for creating well designed stories,covered a recent design event where newsrooms experimented with the design of their mobile sites – there are some great ideas there. Nieman Lab has a report back on a “hackathon” hosted by the Society for News Design. And late last month the New School announced a new undergraduate degree in “Journalism + Design” which applies design thinking to the entire journalism process.
Building for Trust: Opportunities for Local Newsrooms and Communities
A few thoughts for local newsrooms: Many local newsrooms benefit from strong interpersonal relationships between individual journalists and the community and have established trust in their brands. But, increasingly trust is not an automatic outcome of producing good content. It takes work to develop and maintain trust and it is far harder to build trust than to lose it. Is trust an active part of conversation in your newsroom? Is it shaping strategy? Are you taking concrete, intentional steps to build trust locally? I’d love to hear about how you are tackling trust locally.
Stronger Together: New Networks for Sharing What We Learn
Some local sites might be interested in joining the new Vertical Collective. The same issues Ali was writing about happen within local news. There are a range of common struggles and unique experiments around the country, but too often those lessons don’t bubble up to the national level. Membership organizations like LION, AAN and INN provide important connective tissue for our sector. At the Local News Lab, and through this newsletter, we try to share best practices and connect people working to strengthen local news.
From the Local News Lab: Freelance Resources for Small Newsrooms and Real Talk on Journalism Philanthropy.
In another post on the site, Molly de Aguiar tries to demystify foundation grants for nonprofit journalists. Her post calls on foundations to be more transparent, but also outlines some important tips for those applying for grants: Show us the possibilities, Have a clear mission and vision, Be smart about revenue, Collaborate enthusiastically with others, Be honest with us about the challenges in your work, but embrace those challenges as opportunities. Read the whole post here.