Bridging the gap: How news organisations can better collaborate between departments


At the end of 2017, Federica Cherubini, head of knowledge sharing at Condé Nast International, wrote a Nieman Lab prediction about the rise of bridge roles in news organisations. She said that in 2018 we will see more roles that work at the intersection of various disciplines, connecting departments and specialisms, and translating mindsets with the goal of improving collaboration.

In this week's podcast, we speak to Robin Kwong, head of digital delivery at the Financial Times, about the importance of these roles, the skills needed, and some of the challenges people in these positions face.

"One of the biggest challenges is having to be comfortable with uncertainty in how we work together, because that's still evolving. And it's not like if you happen to have successfully worked with a particular team in a particular way, that in the next project with a different team you'll be able to do the same thing. You might have to find another way of interacting because the team and the way they work is different."

the debrief

The first podcast from Al Jazeera English used 'privileged access conversations' to take audiences beyond the story

Each episode of The Debrief saw journalists discuss their latest story, detailing how the reporting affected them


2017 year in review: Media news highlights, from memes to virtual reality and political journalism

In this podcast episode, the team highlights its favourite stories from 2017

'If you want to do a story, there's nothing that can stop you': Behind the award-winning investigation into India's skin trade

Freelance investigative reporter Soma Basu talks about her career and the story that earned her a 2017 Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism

Posted by Caroline Scott on 08/12/17

How publishers can tell better stories for mobile audiences

Insights into mobile storytelling from our latest newsrewired conference

Posted by Caroline Scott on 01/12/17

How the Independent Community News Network supports hyperlocal publishers

Since ICNN's soft launch in July, 55 community and independent publishers have signed up

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 16/11/17

How news organisations can make memberships work

Readers can support a publication's mission more than just financially, by contributing knowledge, expertise and other services

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 08/11/17

How BBC #newsHACK is driving innovation in news delivery

The BBC initiative brings together developers and journalists to develop new ideas and concepts based around the delivery of online news

Posted by Caroline Scott on 01/11/17

What makes a good audio story?

Pat Walters of Radiolab and Gimlet Media shares his journey from print storytelling to radio

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 24/10/17

The UGC hub at the BBC builds trust with readers by involving them in the reporting

The team has been using a tool called Hearken to enable audiences to ask questions about the stories or topics that interest them

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 17/10/17

Al Jazeera's latest virtual reality project immerses viewers with animated art

Oil in Our Creeks, the latest full-length virtual reality documentary from Contrast VR, details how the community in Bodo City, Nigeria, was impacted after an oil pipeline burst in 2008

Posted by Caroline Scott on 12/10/17

Quartz turns 5: Kevin Delaney, editor-in-chief, shares priorities for development

With new editions, video series and even a book launch, Quartz is expanding its storytelling

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 04/10/17

How the Coalition for Women in Journalism fosters collaboration and mentorship between female reporters

The organisation offers mentorship to female journalists taking on assignments in new countries, or working in a particular beat

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 26/09/17

Why The Daily Mail employs an esports journalist, the first full-time role of its kind

Jack Stewart, reporter at the publisher, explains what his job entails, and why coverage of the sport is so crucial

Posted by Caroline Scott on 19/09/17

Look around you: How the Guardian experiments with virtual reality to tell stories in new, immersive ways

The publisher has used video, animation and computer-generated imagery to produce multiple VR projects since April 2016

Posted by Caroline Scott on 13/09/17

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