«I tend, like most others, to not trust websites that feel like they were made 10 years ago.»
— Certainly true for money transactions, but I guess this holds true for news sites as well. From a post by Stripe interface developer Michaël Villar on why animations matter.
«Chorus doesn’t fix everything, of course, said Jim Bankoff, Vox Media’s ambitious chief executive, but it is sexy enough to be a recruiting tool. “For this generation of talent which grew up digitally, having the proper tools to ply their craft is essential,” he said in a recent interview. “Being able to offer them the best possible platform to achieve their goals is a great advantage.”»
— The CMS as a recruiting tool – a fairly unique situation in the news business.
«We have some exciting ideas about how to do a better job explaining the news. But right now, those ideas are untested with the audience. And that’s the only test that matters. Our theory is simple: the quicker we can launch, the quicker we can start learning — and start improving.»
  1. Show don’t tell
  2. Start with the low-hanging fruit
  3. Find your allies early
  4. Fight against the assembly-line style of project management
  5. Done is better than perfect
  6. Rock the boat without tipping it over.
  7. Ask forgiveness, not permission – but carefully!
  8. Choose your battles
  9. Seek first to understand, then be understood
  10. Develop a common language
  11. Resist the urge to be the cool kids in the corner
  12. Remember that experiments are serious business
  13. Measure your success
  14. Keep your users at the heart of everything you do
  15. Remember that you’re not in this alone
«Any good scientist will tell you that not all experiments succeed, but it’s important to keep at it.»
«It’s a cultural problem. There is still far too much tolerance for anecdotal evidence as the foundation for news stories.»
The NYT’s Aron Pilholfer in an interview about the need for more data driven reporting.

Ken Schwenke explains his Quakebot that made headlines when it scooped every human reporter about an earthquake in LA.

Takeaway paragraph

Why do I get a byline on these stories? Because in a very real sense, I have written them. I wrote the template, I determined—using both my and my editors’ judgment—the thresholds at which to report them, and I put together the machinery to write them. I’ve interviewed folks at the USGS and I’ve interviewed the data. The bot is just a codification of the things I would do as a regular reporter trying to get the basic facts up.

Two questions for every news organisation:

  1. Do you have someone in your newsroom who can do that kind of work?
  2. Can your content management system deal with this sort of input? 
«It’s underreported, it’s highly consequential, and there are many layers of complexity…We should be covering species-level issues. If it’s a species-level issue, and we’re not seeing it adequately covered in the news cycle, than that makes it a candidate.»
Syria Deeply founder Lara Setrakian on why Arctic Deeply is next.
«Our view is that there’s no important topic that can’t be made interesting to the audience. If we’re writing about something important — something that matters in people’s lives — and we’ve made it boring then that failure is on us, not on our readers.»
«In an age where everyone is telling a story, social journalists help us find the people worth listening to and rescue their stories from an ocean of noise.»

Storyful founder Mark Little in «Ten Principles That Power Social Journalism».

The ten principles:

  1. There is Always Someone Closer to the Story
  2. Stories Not Content
  3. We Kill Hoaxes
  4. Stop Talking, Build:
  5. Embrace Contradiction
  6. With UGC Comes Responsibilities
  7. Worship the Holy Trinity: Social, Mobile and Video.
  8. It’s Not All About News
  9. Fail Fast
  10. Obsolescence is Success
«We’ve elected to sacrifice something else as opposed to accuracy or accessibility. The sacrifice is speed.»
«We’re seeking a reporter to help us commit acts of journalism with code.»
— From a Quartz job opening.