leadership

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How to lead a media organisation in 2021

“The industry has been on a digital transformation journey for a quarter of a century,” said newsroom strategy expert Lucy Kueng in a podcast with Journalism.co.uk. However, very few media companies have successfully pivoted to digital and those who did had a rather rocky ride. To find out more about challenges newsroom leaders are facing in […]

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Improving mental health in the newsroom

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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How the pandemic made newsrooms more creative

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.

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

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.

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

Lockdown and working from home has not been easy 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.

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

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.

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