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Why newsrooms present challenges for project management (and how to overcome them)

A new guide aims to help reporters and editors manage projects more effectively within the newsroom.

 

Whether you work at an indie publication or one of the news giants, you’ve likely experienced the frustration of good ideas falling by the wayside, failing to get buy-in, or morphing into something totally unmanageable. These days, editors and journalists are expected to drive projects alongside increasingly complex day jobs, but project management isn’t necessarily a skill many of them have.

The WSJ’s Robin Kwong (who we’ve spoken to before on the podcast) has written a guide bringing together his two decades of experience across some of the world’s most prestigious – and complex – newsrooms. It is more of an ethos than specific rules and processes about managing projects, and he hopes it has something for reporters and editors at publications of all shapes and sizes.

No guide on its own is going to solve broader managerial and structural issues that devalue and prevent planning. But delivering successful projects is a powerful way to start advocating for change.


 

Deal done! Vice Media formally closes sale, starts “exciting new era”

Vice Media is putting bankruptcy, and years of seeking a buyer and fresh cash, behind it.

I’ve never had the antipathy towards Vice that Peter has. That’s probably because I know some of their journalists and media contacts personally, and it’s hard to disentangle the people you know from the place they work (unless it’s The Sun, obviously, if you work for them you should immediately quit). But I think even the most hardcore critic of Vice’s management will be interested to see how this new era for the counterculture digital publisher plays out.


 

Twitter threatens legal action against nonprofit that tracks hate speech

The Center for Countering Digital Hate said it had received a letter from X, Twitter’s parent company, accusing it of trying to hurt the social platform with its research.

We need to stop pointing out Musk’s hypocrisy as though that will change anything. I’ve seen too many people tweet “well so much for Mr. Free Speech Absolutist ????” as though that was enough commentary, or as though it would change anything. It isn’t, and it won’t. We need to stop simply flagging the hypocrisy of Musk and his ilk and focus on exploring what the consequences of those decisions will be.


 

News copyright theft ‘through the roof’ as 700,000 articles taken down in six months

Copyright theft affecting news publishers in the UK and around the world is “through the roof” and getting ever “more brazen”.

We’ve had experience of this at Media Voices — and if a tiny little B2B media blog is having its content stolen, imagine what’s happening with bigger publishers. Content farming falls in the same box as AI-generated pink slime: it’s cynical manipulation of the digital ad environment, and without some serious action from platforms and regulators, it’s diluting the ecosystem for everyone else.


More from Media Voices

 

Big Noises: Stuart Forrest on clickability vs clickbait

Bauer’s Stuart Forrest tells us about why platforms and publishers are co-dependent and where UK publishers should be making investments for growth.

 

The Independent’s plan to reach £10m in reader revenue by 2026

The Independent aims to multiply its direct reader revenue by five within two to three years.

 

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