The news Engine: How a new experiment in newsrooms can change process, product and people. News media conference, Barcelona June 2015

Bidragets oversatte titel: Nyhedsmotoren: hvordan et eksperiment i nyhedsredaktionen kan ændre processer, produkt og folk

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In fall 2012, the news department of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, decided to implement a new workflow called ”The News Engine” - in order to work faster, more freely, flexible and with fewer resources. This was done to raise the productivity.
The fundamental principle was that all stories should fit all platforms (content sharing) - and that no one did their own story anymore.
DR News introduced 8-10 mobile live teams who are responsible for doing interviews, record pictures and sound for the story and to do live stand ups – on location.
Teams feed footage (pictures, sound and interviews) with low-cost satellite equipment to DR. Here, other reporters edit the material to stories for all platforms. The workflow is split into several parts.
This is a fundamental change with many implications: Journalists are going from craftsmen doing the whole story by themselves to being specialists – only doing a certain part.
This paper present results from summer 2013 based on newsroom observations for one week, interviews with more than 70 employees and content analyses of productions for one week at all platforms. It discusses challenges of new practices of news production, cross-media reporting and media convergence, resulting from DR’s new experiment, the news engine – with different aspects:
The main news program 6:30 has fewer stories, but each one has more elements. It’s not just one single pre-edited piece anymore, but consists of many elements: live reporting, voice-over, graphic, interviews etc., guided by a profiled anchor. Number of live reporting has increased dramatically with 50 %.
The editorial process has changed completely: no editorial meetings anymore, no brainstorm sessions for ideas etc. Reporters have limited possibilities for making own stories and less time for research - each live reporter covers 5-7 stories during a day.
In a survey, most reporters replied that the new workflow was a fundamental change of their work and had major impact on their identity as journalists. They felt less satisfied, had less professional pride; the job was less relevant with fewer opportunities.

New skills and qualifications:
This new way of working requires new skills that have impact on the way in which new TV journalists are taught and trained.
- Live reporting: ever-increasing important part of the news broadcasting.
- Media convergence/multimedia skills: live reporters now produce for all platforms.
- Cooperation: the ability to deliver accurate information to colleagues and work together, share and communicate is becoming increasingly important, since each feature is produced by many reporters.
- Technological change/new technical skills: in relation to recording and editing with the latest equipment and having the ability to integrate and understand new and fast-changing technical workflows.

Changes in DR News are already an inspiration for many other TV news stations in Europe, who are implementing the news engine as workflow.

This challenges us to rethink and reconsider new practices of new production, potentialities and experimentations.
Bidragets oversatte titelNyhedsmotoren: hvordan et eksperiment i nyhedsredaktionen kan ændre processer, produkt og folk
Publikationsdato18. jun. 2015
Antal sider2
StatusUdgivet - 18. jun. 2015
BegivenhedShaping the Future of News Media conference - Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spanien
Varighed: 17. jun. 201519. jun. 2015


KonferenceShaping the Future of News Media conference
LokationPompeu Fabra University, Barcelona


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