Archive for October 2011
The last session I could make it to at Journalism.co.uk’s News:rewired conference 2011 was on investigative journalism and its precarious future.
Before I go into more depth on what the four speakers said – I’ll start with the most reverberating statement which many readers may find contraversial – but in which all four panellists were in agreement – it’s the end of the scoop.
Here’s what it said about the session in the programme:
Collaboration in investigative journalism
- It has often been said that collaboration is key for the future of investigative journalism, be that working in partnership with other news outlets or media bodies, or harnessing the power of the community in investigations. This session will feature advice on how best to make a go of large projects by sharing resources and inviting the community to help dig with you.
With: Iain Overton, managing editor, Bureau of Investigative Journalism; Simon Perry, founder, Ventnor Blog; Paul Lewis, special projects editor, the Guardian and Christine Spolar, investigations and special projects editor, the Financial Times.
Iain Overton – don’t let exclusivity stamp out profitable collaborations
First up Iain Overton from Bureau of Investigative Journalism – a not-for-profit org which runs investigations for press and broadcast media. Since April 2010 TBIJ has seen 26 front pages. He was buoyant about now being a great time for investigative journalism. The Economist and FT have new investigations editor – it’s refreshing, he said when elsewhere there’s a real lack of in-depth original reporting.
Glossing over the outlook for investigative journalism, however, Overton outlined how investment is a perpetual problem – you have to think about the cost of paying journalists to live in London, lawyers and the like – you could get multi-skilled TV producers like at ITN – but there’s a to what one person can do (amen!), so you need to generate as much sales across as many platforms as possible.
But regaining an optimistic tone, Overton said there were exploitation opportunities for the web and multi-media – it’s not just about being a Sunday exclusive read – and this is where collaboration is key. In particular international collaborations. “The easiest way to find money for is international documentaries based on human rights” – he said, as there’s a ready market. But if you become too specific other commissioners get bored.
Then came Wikileaks – and the biggest media collaboration ever. But sometimes exclusivity deals can kill investigative collaborations (which Overton said the BBC was a particular cuplrit for). The model is still sustained by philanthropy – collaborations need to be subsidised. Overton ended on saying investment in investigative journalism could put more energy and financing into the beleaguered journalism industry.
With Storify very much the darling of storytelling tolls at this NewsRewired conference session I’ve pulled in my notes from the session alongside tweets, videos and pictures in a Storify – I’ll be posting here with more from the other sessions I went to soon
Here’s what it said about the session in the agenda:
The opportunities for multimedia storytelling online are vast — from video, photographs and audio to social media, visualisations and mapping — but how can journalists bring together an array of different online platforms to tell stories in the most effective way? This session will look at the collection of tools out there to do just this, and some top tips on how to curate and collect the best content for the platform.
With: Xavier Damman, co-founder, Storify; Adam Westbrook, online video journalist and lecturer and blogger; Stephen Abbott, executive producer, culture, the Guardian and Andy Cotgreave, senior product consultant, Tableau Software.
Adam Westbrook said if he was going to tell the story of the conference session he’d probably use Storify – and with the new media tool in the spotlight I thought it apt to pull together my notes on the session with other tweets, photos, audios and bits of media to tell a snippet of what was said.