Arnie Robbins is the executive director of the American Society of News Editors, which Knight Foundation supports to establish long-term sustainability and advance excellence in journalism. Above: Neighborhood Explorer by The Dallas Morning News.
It’s not like there’s a great manual for this stuff. There’s not a rich tradition or history of what works and what doesn't work.
It’s just crucial that we move as quickly as we can, learn as much as we can, and adopt a digital-first mentality as much as we can.
Which is why, at the American Society of News Editors, we know that whatever we can do to hasten the speed at which news organizations adopt digital tools in newsrooms the better. Because we know that some of these digital tools will change as quickly as they are adopted. Some will work; some won't.
It’s why we know that we must include a variety of tactics to help one another: from strong digitally focused sessions at large annual conventions to smaller conferences with a sharp focus on digital news and what works to webinars offering training on topics to our changing news landscape.
It’s why we experimented with our Hacking News Leadership conference in May at the University of Texas in Austin. By all accounts it was a terrific conference. ASNE’s first regional conference in recent memory, Hacking News Leadership attracted more than 70 attendees from around the country, including editors, reporters, technology specialists, educators and other members of news organizations.