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The future is collaboration

In Innovation on May 11, 2017 at 2:06 pm

When I got into the business 1,426 years ago, “cooperation” was a cuss word and “collaboration” was just plain blasphemy.

When newspapers were fiefdoms that had a monopoly over the means of production of news, we were knights of the realm. We jousted with competitors. We donned our figurative chainmail armor and we sought to tame our rivals. We beat the other guy — to the source, to the document, to the story. We wanted scoops and exclusives. We (often wrongly) thought that readers appreciated this fighting spirit. It was a whole lot of fun.

Those days are largely over. It’s still fun to score a scoop, as the Green Valley News did with the source of the Sawmill fire. But it’s not the burning core of our business model. More and more, we will be collaborating to accomplish things we can’t do alone. That is because we don’t have the resources we once did and also because everyone is a publisher. No one is waiting for us to get around to tell his or her story.

Media consultant Tim Griggs does a wonderful job laying out the opportunities and challenges of the cooperative ventures we need in his longish post at Nieman Lab. If you do nothing else, scroll down to the part about localization. I say that because that is an age-old concept that doesn’t really require cooperation, but would enrich our papers bigly. Add context. Use a national story as a springboard for your own. Localize the data. … Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s talk soon

In Communication on February 9, 2017 at 4:18 pm

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One of my personal goals for the coming year is to reconnect with Wick editors. To that end, I would like to set up some phone calls.

I know, I know. No one is clamoring for more conference calls. But I think it’s important that we talk more often, that we share solutions to common dilemmas, that we discuss our collective passion for community journalism.

To that end, I’m going to set up monthly phone calls with editors by region. I want these calls to be small enough to be intimate and meaningful. I think doing it on a regional basis lessens the time-zone problem and could create synergies between our shops that have similar reader interests. I will do everything in my power to set them up at a convenient time for all.

On first blush, I am thinking one call will be for Arizona editors, another for Alaska, Oregon, Idaho and Colorado, and a third for the Dakotas, Montana, Louisiana and North Carolina.

These calls will not take long. Definitely less than an hour. The first might be just a get-to-know one another call and in following months we might talk about achieving the 2017 goals spelled out in another post today, proper use of social media, photography tips, FOIA requests — I’m completely open to your topic suggestions.

So don’t be surprised when I touch base in the next couple of weeks asking what times work for you.

Clay

Seeking collaborators

In Online media on November 11, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I may have mentioned this before, but at the Half Moon Bay Review we have developed something of an election season tradition. On our Web site, we publish five-minute video interviews with candidates – video interviews we don’t produce.

They come to us from a local blogger who does a really, really good job with them. Here’s one, take a look. Area resident Darin Boville offered the first set of candidate videos a couple years back and we thought it was a good idea.

He publishes them simultaneously on his site, on another local blog and on our newspaper Web site. I don’t want to speak for Darin, but I imagine he would give them to any reputable outlet in the area willing to publish them. That way they get the greatest possible exposure.

It’s a symbiotic relationship. We get the benefit of his superior production skills and local content. He sometimes trades off our credibility; I think some candidates only participate because they know the videos will run on the Review Web site, a venue they trust in what they feel is an otherwise partisan media environment.

Darin told me the other day that the 10 videos he produced this election season were viewed 6,030 times across all three Web sites that ran with them. It’s not a huge number. But that means several hundred voters were better informed. He and I are sure that a good many of those viewers found the videos through the Review Web site… Read the rest of this entry »