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Improving mental health in the newsroom

| December 10, 2020 – 2:45 pm | 18 views

The coronavirus pandemic has been tough on journalists. It is a sad and negative topic to keep reporting on. It is also a lonely time. Lots of us are in constant Zoom meetings but in-person, meaningful interactions are rare.

Decades of newsroom culture have also reinforced the message that it is ‘not cool to talk about your feelings’, that it is part of the job to ‘put up and shut up’. However, when journalists are not well they cannot properly tell the stories that matter to their readers and viewers.

Experts from Sky News, Reuters, Reach Plc and the Ethical Journalism Network share practical tips around taking care of our colleagues and ourselves when we are feeling low.

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Podcast: Penelope Jones, founder of My So-Called Career, on building a resilience toolkit

| December 10, 2020 – 2:42 pm | 25 views

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2020 has cast doubt over many areas of the journalism industry. Newsroom revenue, job security, even our own health; these all feel precarious during a global pandemic.

In the face of uncertainty, you have two options. You can sit and wait for the worst to happen or you can start to work on a plan so you are not taken aback if the worst-case scenario came true.

At our digital journalism conference Newsrewired this week (8 December 2020), one workshop explored this idea. Workshop leader and career coach Penelope Jones has spent 17 years in the media industry, holding leadership and strategic roles at The Guardian and Condé Nast. She later founded a career development company My So-Called Career that helps early and mid-career journalists achieve their potential.

In this week’s Journalism.co.uk podcast that summarises the conference workshop, Jones talks about the step-by-step process of creating a roadmap to resilience; a contingency plan of how to respond if your career is derailed in the next 12 months.

Grab a pen and paper for this one, or take mental notes. You will come out of this talk with an idea of what actions you need to take to protect your career in these uncertain times.

Leveraging audio to drive subscriptions and memberships

| December 7, 2020 – 3:23 pm | 29 views
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The coronavirus pandemic has forced news organisations to reconsider many of their strategies, both because of the economic pressures facing newsrooms and that audiences have been stuck indoors during lockdown.

The Telegraph, Slate and Frontier Myanmar discussed how leveraging audio can be a way to drive subscriptions and memberships.

Podcast: Julie Posetti, global research director of ICFJ, on post-pandemic future

| December 4, 2020 – 3:16 pm | 18 views
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From battling disinformation to dealing with online abuse and mental health crisis, journalists around the globe are feeling the impact of the covid-19 pandemic.

At our digital journalism conference Newsrewired this week (1 December 2020), Julie Posetti, global research director of the International Centre for Journalist (ICFJ), gave a keynote speech on how covid-19 has impacted both journalists and news organisations, with one eye on how to enter 2021 with renewed strength and determination.

How the pandemic made newsrooms more creative

| December 3, 2020 – 11:09 am | 48 views
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One of the biggest challenges for newsrooms during the coronavirus pandemic is continuing to lead change and innovation, while staff are burning out and the industry faces economic pressures.

Newsroom leaders and industry experts discussed how the crisis brought new opportunities to experiment and innovate.

Regional publisher Reach Plc had to juggle new working practices and furloughed staff with the launch of new websites. Meanwhile the BBC pressed ahead with smart speaker technology during the pandemic.

Dmitry Shishkin, Kassy Cho and Ryan Tuck: meet three of our speakers

| November 25, 2020 – 11:46 am | 36 views
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2020 has been a tough year for the media industry. The coronavirus pandemic has forced journalists to work from home, disrupted revenue streams and is causing staff burnout.

We could be here all day talking about the problems. But at the 27th Newsrewired conference starting on 1 December 2020, we aim to set you up for success in 2021.

Leading experts will share their knowledge around navigating the challenges of covid-19 and help you take advantage of the opportunities your newsroom has to innovate.

Want to know more? We caught up with a few of our speakers ahead of time.

RISJ’s Lucy Kueng on leading digital transformation in an age of disruption

| November 19, 2020 – 5:41 pm | 27 views
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One of the few silver linings of the coronavirus pandemic is that newsrooms have had to develop more logical solutions for working because of the sheer necessity to survive the crisis. But we are not out of the woods yet.

We spoke to Lucy Kueng, senior research associate for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and an expert on newsroom strategy, innovation and leadership, about what the best newsroom leaders are doing now to start meaningful changes amidst uncertainty.

Julie Posetti: post-pandemic journalism will be ‘more mission-driven, public service-focused, and audience-centred’

| November 13, 2020 – 11:06 am | 27 views
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From battling disinformation to dealing with online abuse and mental health crisis, journalists around the globe are feeling the impact of the covid-19 pandemic. 

ICFJ’s global research director and Newsrewired keynote speaker Dr Julie Posetti sheds the light on the reality behind the data.

Improving mental health in (and outside) our newsrooms

| November 11, 2020 – 6:12 pm | 21 views
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At the beginning of the pandemic, John Crowley conducted a global survey to assess how journalists were coping during lockdown. His findings are published in a report entitled ‘Journalism in the Time of Covid’. The report urges news leaders to heed concerns from staff about their mental well-being.

Combine virtual conference ticket with online training – get Newsrewired+

| November 10, 2020 – 2:12 pm | 36 views
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With Newsrewired+, you will be able to attend one of the five online courses run by Journalism.co.uk from 7 December 2020 to 18 January 2021, as well as the virtual conference.

Booking the combined ticket saves you £20.

Early-bird tickets now available: join us at Newsrewired on 1 – 10 December 2020

| October 28, 2020 – 4:53 pm | 340 views
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How do you lead the change? Join our second virtual conference and hear from our top speakers every Tuesday and Thursday between 1 and 10 December 2020.

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

| July 21, 2020 – 5:11 pm | 923 views
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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).