This morning’s session on newsroom wikis featured demonstrations of several research wikis in use at papers from St. Louis, Columbus and Raleigh. MediaWiki seems to be a popular choice for newsroom wikis, in part because it’s very customizable and visually familiar. In most cases, newsroom wikis are being edited only by researchers; broader newsroom access doesn’t seem to be very widespread yet. Thanks to Jessica, Mike Meiners, Susan Ebbs and Jim Hunter for a great session.
Newslibbers, please forgive the shameless plug, but I wanted to give an introduction to my session next week at SLA. Somehow, the title got a little muddled, so it reads as “News Researchers: News Research in the Newsroom,” which could only have been envisioned by the Department of Redundancy Department. At 7:30 a.m., perhaps a snappier title would be better.
What I’m hoping for is a conversation, which requires two things: an audience, and an idea of what I’m talking about. So here it is: for the past year I’ve been writing a series of essays about using technology to improve reporting and research in the newsroom. Next week, I’ll be showing some examples of the stuff I’ve written about and explaining how researchers can implement them in their newsrooms. Hope to see you there — your questions and comments are welcomed.
- Derek Willis
The Washington Post’s Derek Willis has challenged news librarians and researchers to be information technology evangelists in their newsroom, after publishing an essay on what’s wrong with journalism on his TheScoop website. The link was posted to NewsLib a few days ago and now has been linked to by Romenesko.
Money in Politics:
Derek Willis is doing the seminar at the conference next week and finds he needs to expand his presentation due to illness of another presenter.
Derek wants to know what attendees might like to see included in this presentation. What do news librarians and researchers need to know about campaign contributions, candidate finances, and the like?
Please email Derek at: derek (at) thescoop.org.