Nieman Foundation at Harvard
HOME
          
LATEST STORY
How we unionized the digital team at The Seattle Times (and how you can do it at your company too)
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
April 15, 2015, 11:16 a.m.
Business Models
LINK: shorensteincenter.org  ➚   |   Posted by: Joshua Benton   |   April 15, 2015

Our old friend (and former Nieman Fellow) David Skok got a nice promotion at The Boston Globe yesterday, being bumped up from digital advisor to the editor to both managing editor for digital and general manager of BostonGlobe.com. He also spent part of the day here on campus, giving a talk at the Shorenstein Center on his work there.

A few highlights:

The challenge is, on the Internet, I can write the best lede or nutgraf for a story in the world, but if you can’t read it on your phone within 0.1 seconds, it’s irrelevant, it’s invisible, and it doesn’t exist. If you’re going to be a digital product-driven organization, the user experience has to be the first and foremost [priority].

As newspapers were disrupted by Craigslist and other things, yes, there were technological reasons for why this happened. But it would be incredibly naive and arrogant of us as legacy publishers to suggest that we weren’t also responsible for our own demise, in our structures, in our cultures, in our processes that we have in our newsrooms.

There’s a great need to have a content management system that allows for the flexibility that reporters need and want to do their jobs. Whether it’s improving the content management system, getting better analytics…improving the resources that we give our people ultimately will help us as well.

Show tags Show comments / Leave a comment
 
Join the 50,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
How we unionized the digital team at The Seattle Times (and how you can do it at your company too)
A mini-diary of the organizing experience, including a timeline, resources you can rely on, and decision points you might face.
It’s not their job to buy you cake
Working remotely for the last year has revealed just how much of office culture is accidental, arbitrary, and sexist.
Overstory Media Group wants to provide cover (and salaries) for local journalists
Two years after a cofounder launched Victoria-based Capital Daily as a daily newsletter, Overstory will try to replicate the success. The new media group has plans to grow to 50 publications and 250 journalists by 2023.