How is technology impacting on Journalism? This week …


The question could be asked at least once a week and each time there would be even more information to add to the answer.

The most recent addition to the technology available to newsrooms broadcasters and journalists comes from a slightly unexpected source. It seems only a few months since Slack was added to the list of apps intended to make team work more efficient. Then just a few days ago the New York Times announced “WELCOME TO THE FUTURE: The NYT Election Slack bot is an exciting collab from our R&D and Interactive News teams” which, of course came via ye olde teche platform Twitter.


Read the story here

Add the NYT Election Bot to Slack here.

But it’s not just the technology platforms that are making an impact. The way people interact with mobile is changing the way some organisations provide their content or at least question whether the old way of doing it is the right way.
BBC Drop is a mobile friendly website tailored for young users in Africa. Again, from

“BBC and a Kenyan startup called Ongair are using in a mobile-focused website called BBC Drop that’s available for testing today [8 February 2016]. The project came out of a hackathon held by the BBC World Service and BBC Connected Studio (its digital R&D arm) that invited African tech experts to generate ideas for reaching young, digital-savvy African audiences. It was designed last year in Nairobi and user-tested in several other countries in Africa. Users can try out and rate the pilot for the next three months.

“The pilot is for Androids (which makes sense given Android’s dominance in the African market), and relevant BBC content is filtered for users …”

Read more here

And now the battle for vertical has begun. Should you position your phone horizontally (traditional) or vertically (the way the kids who don’t observe media traditions do)? Norwegian public broadcaster NRK realized it would have to take a new approach to filming the vistas for the interactive documentary it was creating. It’s the mountains, you see – they are vertical. It’s also something of a Snapchat Effect. People are getting used to seeing their images vertically on smartphones rather than horizontally like TV, film and even the way our eyes work. (more about that here  Yes, Neimanlab has been a bit of a goldmine for this piece. You should read it if you are a journalist – especially a young journalist.)

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