I’ve been working on several large trend and enterprise stories on innovation in the media industry at American Journalism Review.
My latest piece is a classic roundup of the tech tools journalism students across the country are using to drive newsroom innovation. I spoke to about 20 students, from California to New York, and culled it down to the most interesting.
“It’s absolutely frustrating to see newsrooms so backwards with technology, just because you can see how much it would help their journalism and their storytelling,” said Lucke, 19.
Undaunted, Lucke is now using her journalism education and tech background to develop a mobile app of her own — “a Pandora station” for travelers that gives social-based recommendations for concerts and other activities.
Speaking of which. Another piece I wrote for AJR, “How Journalism Professors Used Legos to Teach Data Visualization,” also made its way into Romenesko‘s and Editor & Publisher‘s roundups.
“I think the mistake I made last time was not teaching enough mental tools. So when we got to using software, there were some gaps and students struggled,” Waite told AJR.
When working with data, sometimes the best ideas are the simplest. And it doesn’t get any simpler than Lego blocks.
Several weeks ago, my AJR editors introduced me to the editorial team at D.C. startup Law Street Media. Within a few days, I had a piece on the Bill O’Reilly debacle published there.
For years, O’Reilly has backed up his reporting to viewers, readers, and other journalists with claims of reporting for CBS in active war zones in Argentina’s Falkland Islands, the Middle East, and Northern Ireland.
But reporters and producers from CBS News told Mother Jones that no American correspondent reached the Falklands. Instead, they said, O’Reilly was in Buenos Aires, over a thousand miles from combat.