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Above: A session at Global Editors Network conference.
In today’s newsrooms, journalists often share physical space with designers and developers but in so many ways, they might as well be on different planets –planets with different languages, different priorities, different habits. It’s a cultural gap that is hard to breach.
In its report on post-industrial journalism, the Tow Center at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism said news institutions should do a better job rewarding journalistic collaboration, with recognition and awards, among other things. This goes against the grain in an industry used to competition, scoops and single bylines. But it’s the way that more nimble startups are disrupting the legacy media.
Enter the Knight-funded Editors’ Lab, a series of innovative training sessions organized by the Global Editors Network and designed to bring multi-skill collaborations into newsrooms. At each session, teams made of one journalist, one developer and one designer from the same newsrooms map out news apps and a panel of judges picks out a winner. The different regions’ winners will meet again to compete in a final hackathon at the GEN News Summit in taking place in Paris from June 19 -21. Here are some of them:
The Editors’ Lab goes to Berlin and Paris next but whoever wins the final hackathon, the real prize will be to promote a culture of collaboration and innovation inside newsrooms.
Antoine Laurent is the director of the Editors’ Lab and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Marie Gilot, media innovation associate at Knight Foundation