Newsrooms have divided over the last three years. In one corner, you have the savvy journalist who brings in their own laptop and, in the absence of a newsroom wifi, connects via a personal hotspot from their mobile phone. They have Chrome downloaded with multiple browser add-ons allowing them to translate tweets in real-time. They push tweets out throughout the day via tools like Buffer, monitor beats using strategic RSS feeds and gather research using tools like Evernote. In the other corner is the journalist being driven crazy by another software refresh, living entirely on their internal News Management System and email – the only systems that run well on their clunky machine.
This is an extract from a Claire Wardle blog ahead of the News:Rewired conference. She has very neatly described something I see a lot.
This paragraph is one I can relate to after being in 3 newsrooms in the space of 2 years. As it happens the tech and the hardware at The Times is pretty good - but if I mentioned Evernote most people would look at me somewhat bemused. Tech should be an asset in the newsroom that helps journalists do their job better, not the thing in the corner everyone is afraid of.