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“Look at the robot as your new colleague”: what automation can do for sports reporting

| July 21, 2020 – 5:11 pm | 623 views

Robots are now capable of doing pre- and post-match coverage of 26 football leagues in a fraction of time, so you would forgive sports journalists for feeling replaceable.

But original reporting is safe in times of automation, according to Henning Johannesson, chief product officer of the Swedish company United Robots who spoke at Newsrewired earlier this month (7 July 2020).

“Look at the robot as your new colleague,” he says, adding that creating more content for diverse audiences can actually help newsrooms increase reader revenue and prevent redundancies.

United Robots turns structured data sets, such as weather updates, real estate sales and traffic incidents into automated articles. Artificial intelligence picks the angle, and natural language generation tool writes the story. The company has generated more than one million articles since 2015 for its publisher clients.

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How can we improve team communication in times of working from home?

| July 9, 2020 – 5:29 pm | 749 views

Lockdown and working from home has been difficult for the media professionals during the coronavirus pandemic.

As Lucy Küng, senior research fellow, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, noted at the Newsrewired virtual conference (29 June 2020), everyone is feeling the stress – and that will only increase as furloughed staff return to work and teams get up to full capacity.

“The realities of leadership is that covid-19 has been absolutely exhausting,” she says.

“But as leaders, one needs to be tremendously sensitive about where people are on their journey and what experiences they’ve had.”

It is likely that our makeshift newsdesks will be a mainstay feature for a while. lt is why Fergus Bell, CEO and founder, Fathm, stressed the importance of observing a healthy work culture and morale in the times ahead. That is not just about keeping to sane work hours, but also strengthening team communication – how a simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way during stressful times.

But it is worth considering just how important team communication is going to be from now on. Leaders are pressed to be more mindful of their reporters’ working conditions, reporters are often painfully aware of how much pressure their editors are under. How we talk to one another is going to play a key role as we shape our future. So, can we get better at talking to each other?

Yes, according to Len Clark, who is a teacher of the DiSC assessment tool and a specialist in leadership development. DiSC is a personality test which can help you understand your own, and identify other’s, preferred communication style.

“You can be prepared to take risks by learning to communicate with the individual or organisation you are dealing with, to understand them a bit better,” he says.

“If you can speak their language, you can get congruent information and enhance effective communication which is going to be key to be successful in taking risks.”

Clark said that the assessment can help increase emotional intelligence, as well as productivity, teamwork, leadership, sales and communication skills. It measures personality and behavioural style, but crucially, not intelligence, aptitude, mental health or values.

DiSC is an acronym for each of the four personality types: dominance, influence, steadiness, conscientiousness. The tool produces a unique breakdown for each user, and there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ outcomes – it is just how we are wired.

A conscientiousness type, for example, prioritises accuracy in their work. They are strong at planning, but they can be critical and unresponsive to work with. They loathe disorganisation, and make decisions methodically. When under pressure, they get indecisive. If pushed to extremes, they can react emotionally.

Each of the four types follows such a breakdown. The idea being that if you can identify in your newsroom who are the dominance types (the demanding leaders), the influence types (the enthusiastic visionaries), or the steadiness types (the dependable team players), you can adjust your communication to suit their preferences, fit a project with the right balance of personalities, or even make the right hire for a department.

In editorial briefings, this could be the difference between keeping details to a minimum, or to ensure every point is finely combed through.

In digital times, this could influence how often you check in with your reporters. Do you give them loads of space to get on with their tasks? Or go to lengths to let them know your inbox is always open?

You can book a DiSC assessment by contacting len@ltcmedia.org

Working from home: good for productivity, bad for innovation?

| July 3, 2020 – 4:38 pm | 867 views
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Like many others in the industry, Journalism.co.uk decided to bring Newsrewired digital journalism conference to your computer screens instead of a physical venue due to the covid-19 pandemic. We swapped out plans to host the event in Manchester for a four-day series of discussions on Zoom – all while adjusting to working from home ourselves.

Diversity in the newsroom matters. So we expanded the conference agenda

| June 25, 2020 – 3:24 pm | 1,211 views
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The news agenda has changed dramatically since we started planning the online Newsrewired conference only a month ago. Lockdown seemed to have dominated every discussion, every news article and, in fairness, our every waking moment.

How to use design thinking to solve journalistic problems

| June 22, 2020 – 3:19 pm | 1,399 views
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The way we frame the problem has a lot to do with the solutions we end up with.

As journalists, we are hard-wired to tackle difficulties head-on, asking direct questions, and looking for verifiable evidence to support the predictable outcome.

World’s leading expert on design thinking to give keynote at Newsrewired

| June 11, 2020 – 3:48 pm | 1,028 views
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We are very pleased to announce that Justin Ferrell, the founder of the professional fellowship program at the Institute of Design at Stanford University (the d.school), will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Newsrewired conference on 29 June 2020.

How to set up your distributed newsroom for success

| June 1, 2020 – 11:16 am | 1,264 views
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With the start of social distancing policies as a response to the covid-19 crisis, newsrooms have quickly had to reconfigure as distributed, digital spaces. We are going to be working within distributed frameworks for a significant amount of time, far beyond the immediate crisis and disruption the start of this outbreak has caused.

Newsrewired to offer 40 virtual places to local journalists thanks to support from the Google News Initiative

| May 21, 2020 – 9:22 pm | 1,490 views
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Journalism.co.uk and Google News Initiative have partnered again to offer 40 local journalists the opportunity to virtually attend the Newsrewired conference, taking place on 29 June – 2 July 2020.

Newsrewired is going virtual!

| May 18, 2020 – 4:33 pm | 1,084 views
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As the media industry continues to be disrupted by the effects of the covid-19 pandemic, Journalism.co.uk has decided to bring our Newsrewired conference online.

But that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on access to top expert insights, learning practical skills, and network with other great minds. Better than that – a virtual event allows us to bring you all of this, wherever you are.

Webinar: What in the world is coronavirus doing to the news?

| April 7, 2020 – 10:52 pm | 1,359 views
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As the global media industry grapples with the spread of coronavirus, it’s even more important that content creators have a complete view of readership across channels.

How the Newsrewired team is supporting you in these uncertain times

| March 27, 2020 – 3:38 pm | 1,183 views
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While most of us have set up our workstations inside our homes, many journalists are out in the streets, keeping on serving their communities when they need them the most.

Covid-19 update: let’s make our community stronger during these strange times

| March 19, 2020 – 2:57 pm | 1,336 views
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If there is one thing we know for sure during these uncertain times, it is that the things will not be back to normal within a few days or weeks.

For the past 10 years, Newsrewired has been bringing the digital publishing community together to share knowledge, make new contacts and start new collaborations that foster innovation in the sector.