Collaborative Journalism: What Comes Next

Note: an experiment with Storify export

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    @jigarmehta running a #collab12 session on collaborating with the audience. Best practices/challenges on the board

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 19:17:19
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    Panorama from #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 12:57:13
  3. Important: my notes are paraphrases unless encased in quotation marks! This story is the morning session; for the afternoon session, see Collaboration: B.S. or Key Survival Skill?
  4. PBS MediaShift Live Blog

  5. Setting the stage

    • Carrie Lozano, project director “Collective Work,” Investigative Reporting Program, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism – @CarrieLozano
    Lowell Bergman, Logan distinguished chair, Investigative Reporting Program, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
    • Mark Glaser, executive editor, MediaShift and Idea Lab@mediatwit
    Emily Harris, editorial director, Journalism Accelerator
    • Susan Mernit, editor and publisher, Oakland Local@SusanMernit
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    Interesting: discussion of collaboration between news organizations as a way to spread liability & protect against lawsuits. #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 12:51:14
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    Lowell Bergman on investigative collaboration: “lone reporter model, the most dangerous model in our business.” #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 12:51:20
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    IMO Non-profits more comfortable with collaboration b/c measured by more than traffic/sales. #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 12:51:42
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    Bringing to #collab12 one of the biggest challenges and opportunities: Networked investigative reporting. It’s hard to do. @publicinsight

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 12:52:51
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    Collaboration: take chances and be willing to be disappointed. @llowel_Bergman #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 13:08:09
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    I think that speaks to what Mark Glaser is speaking of here; journo’s job isn’t to beat the other guy, it’s to serve the public. #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 12:58:02
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    Mark Glaser at #collab12: Coop-petition in journalism. Remember, it’s not about us. It’s about serving the public.

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 12:58:43
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    Emily Harris #collab12 talks about Journalism Accelerator – forum about innovation in journalism

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 13:03:22
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    At @KQEDNews, it’s been great collabing with @SusanMernit and @OaklandLocal. Gives us a different perspective on our community. #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 13:14:09
  16. Tech That Powers Collaboration

    • Michael De Monte, ScribbleLive
    • Burt Herman, Storify
    • Wendy Levy, Sparkwise
    • Jason Costello, GitHub

    First up: @ScribbleLive 

    Coverage of this discussion at
    Telling stories comes from the people who know how to tell stories! “Real-time is a necessity in this age of social media. You have to compete at the level of status updates. Paragraphs are dead, I want my info sentence-by-sentence.”
    The product is free to journalism orgs and nonprofits. Soon to be free for use at very limited scale.
    Q: Can you push content in programmatically? Yes, versatile API.
    Q: Is it hosted on your servers? Yes, SAS product. Example -> Apple events put a load on our tech – 100x an average day when Apple does a product launch. That’s hard to do if it’s your own hardware.
    Q: Copyright? A: Content is yours. We maintain that the same sort of terms and conditions … we will contact specific news organization if someone asks for something to be taken down?
    Q: Level of integration into newsroom? A: Extremely easy to integrate. All we require is a template page. It has your look-and-feel, your ads, your pages.
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    #collab12 @demonte talks about he says paragraphs are dead. People want info sentence by sentence.

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 13:26:19
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    Yes, @ScribbleLive is a sponsor I’m helping, but their real-time, cross-platform collaborative capability wows me. #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 13:27:03
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    Reuters, The Verge and lots of other media orgs are now using @ScribbleLive: #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 13:28:59
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    For some examples of collaborative liveblogs, check out #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 13:44:47
  22. Next, @Storify
    @BurtHermanwalks us through early days of social, from plane in the Hudson to Iraq to Obama tweeting about winning the election to live-tweets with OBL being killed. Important to have tools that enable journalists to tell good stories: “Everybody’s a reporter, not everyone’s a journalist.”

    Burt started Hacks and Hackers; its growth across the world demonstrates our desire to collaborate.
    Q: Uses not anticipated? A: Calls for action, “do this and we’ll do that”
    Q: Mostly aggregate, curate – any of your own style visualizations in the works? Can we do data journalism with your product? A: We have some APIs and want to do more. What was the most curated set of quotes about Steve Jobs. (I didn’t know that they did this one.)

  23. “A good soundbite” (Burt Herman after seeing these tweets)
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    “Everybody’s a reporter, not everybody’s a journalist.” @BurtHerman, @Storify #Collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 13:37:16
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    .@storify @bertherman: “Everyone’s a reporter, not everyone’s a journalist. That’s a collaborative effort.” #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 13:37:50
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    Storify founder: everybody’s a reporter, not everyone is a journalist #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 13:38:16
  27. Another important point:
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    There’s a real desire and hunger to collaborate, need to create forums (eg @burtherman’s hacks/hackers meetup-now on 4 continents) #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 13:43:54
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    Read my #Storify story: “Collab/Space 2012: Journalists Working Together” #storify #collab12 #lessonfromlowell

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 13:39:44
  30. Up next, Wendy Levy, Sparkwise ( is two weeks old!)


    “I am not a journalist!” Wendy tells the group.
    Working with Frontline world team – lab to bring together storytellers and technologists. When was this? Filmmakers were saying “Why do I need a Facebook page?” In a 10-day intensive with developers from Google etc put together live webcast from Bosnia. Joe Ruben (?) was claiming that there was no such thing as a citizen journalist. Rethink and reframe storytelling.
    How do I get a reporter in-country with me is now how do I get the voices of my people in a story? The questions always came back to data.
    Tell a story that is informed by the data around it — mash up data with other media. Contextualize the data with the stories that have been told. Share relevant data and tell stories. Not designed specifically for journalists but journalists can use this but so can any advocacy group.
    It’s free – we want the organizations we work with to be able to change the world.
    We’ve had 350 signups in the two weeks since launch. We made this for the non-profit community. RayBan signed up yesterday – what they are going to do with it? We don’t know.
    We want to turn “citizens in to changemakers”
    Private until publish – keep your boards private – the widgets live in the wild, you can take them out of the dashboard and plunk one or two on a website. This could make a flat brochure like website interactive. Notion of curating around this is very important.
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    .@Sparkwise not originally a tool intended for journalism (but it sure looks like it was made for it). #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 13:51:41
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    .@Sparkwise dashboards are an example of new content types that only the Internet could make possible. Really exciting stuff. #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 13:52:21
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    We want to turn citizens into changemakers @Sparkwise #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 13:55:24
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    Packed house at Collab/Space 2012 at David Brower Center in Berkeley.… #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 13:30:02
  36. Last technology for this session: Jason Costello, GitHub 

    @jsncostello : @github

    We wanted to make GitHub a tool for collaboration. Reference to Clay Shirky’s theory of cognitive surplus – we’ve seen this in software design but another example. Wired published an article on us, Lord of the Files, then one of the first open source articles, how they used GitHub to build the Lord of the Files story – they had open sourced the project. Project is still live – 90 people participated!
    Immediately: typos were fixed! You can see the line change – this is how we diff code but now its diff’ing text.
    They saw how eager people were to contribute. [This point is being made by our technologists – technology is an enabler of human heart.]
    Q: How do you make money? A: free if you want to make your info public. Massive open source project is free. If you want to privately collaborate, then you pay, from $7/month up. We also have an enterprise product where you can install our software on your servers.
    Q: PM system? A: Long answer – yes.
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    Very cool: For article on @github, @wired used @github & published the article as a git repository #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 14:13:28
  38. BREAK

    Spearheading Collaborations: Lessons From the Front Line

    Evelyn Larrubia, editorial director, Investigative News Network

    @elarubia  : @newsFromINN

    16 newsrooms are part of the organization, not just domestic. This concept of sharing is different culture and new. There was a good reason for the paranoia back in the day – competition from NYT, WSJ, etc etc because you needed to break the story first. But our role has changed. In our changed and changing media landscape can competitive be the first thing we are? I don’t think it can be.

    If our journalism institutions are shrinking – if anyone with a smartphone is a publisher – maybe it’s time to start thinking differently. Multi-organizational teams. Forgive the Silicon Valley speak – not a content problem, it’s a resource problem and depth problem.

    Need to define collaboration before starting a project. Very many ideas about what the word means. Shared assets is a new idea — share citizens who are being interested in being sources for stories, not unlike pool photographers philosophically.

    The most interesting use case to me is co-reporting (cross-organization collaboration). Deputize someone to make these sorts of collaboration decisions or projects won’t get off the ground. Everyone wants everyone to collaborate on their story – how to convince someone to collaborate on someone else’s story. We will all have unfinished story lists until we die!

    Can I sleep at night if I’m using your quote but I didn’t conduct the interview. INN helps build that trust because relationships get built before you’re relying on the work of other people.

    I’ve been doing this job for a little less than six months.

    * Somebody needs to be in charge of the story (think project manager).

    * Each organization has to have a decision maker who can make spot decisions

    * Reliable, easy-to-use way to collaborate – drafts, where do I put my “stuff” so everyone can use it. “I like Basecamp” (KEG-> I don’t – think GitHub!)

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    RT @gsamek: We don’t have a content problem, we have a resources and depth problem in journalism. – @elarrubia @newsfromINN #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 14:45:10
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    Newsrooms are like two toddlers building block towers side by side: together, but not collaborating – @elarrubia of @newsfromINN #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 14:47:42
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    Seems to me that you can run a story like an open source project. Core team; benevolent dictator in charge; contributions managed. #collab12

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 14:51:45
  43. Q&A:
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    Evelyn Larrubia: #INN, #Collab12. Q-Have you ever worked with a source who doesn’t want to use their name in a collab?

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 14:56:57
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    Evelyn Larrubia: #INN, #Collab12. A–You have to be open with your group. Goes back to the trust issue. It should be vetted internally.

    Wed, Apr 11 2012 14:57:27
  46. Q: Different languages? A: Yes, not a lot but some collaborative projects are multi-lingual.

    Q: How do you reject people? A: That’s a good question. This is really new,  it really doesn’t happen all the time. More often than you think … we have this data that’s coming out in a moment … let’s figure out how to bring it to the group. It’s not top of mind even in a group designed for people to work together.

By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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