Pop-Up Newsroom GE2017 was powered by Google NewsLab, Meedan and Dig Deeper and supported by First Draft Partner Network, City University, Krzana and NewsWhip

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How we turned a university classroom into a live newsroom creating a unique on-the-job training and innovation experience with real-time social data and content

There are so many tools you can use to utilise information on social media. It was incredibly useful learning how to use these tools and actually put them to use in a real life newsroom setting.

— Pop-Up Newsroom Participant

A new approach — design thinking for editorial

In What Ways Might We:

- use new tools to create context?

- learn quickly while still reporting the election?

How Might We:

- overcome the challenge of verifying second-hand information?

- quickly find valuable information for reporting?

Getting the Newsroom up and running

Once we had gone through the first stage of this design process, the journalists identified four key areas that we would need to monitor:

  • Polling Station Issues
  • Fake News
  • Breaking News

Through my participation in Pop-Up Newsroom I developed a strong understanding of the verification process, which I am confident will serve me well as an aspiring journalist.

—Pop-Up Newsroom participant

A student using NewsWhip’s Spike to monitor for breaking news

Formalised Training and Onboarding

Pop-Up Newsroom is about understanding through doing, although we did need to convey some theory throughout the day. We had prepared materials and so they were ready when we got to natural pauses or logical places to deliver it.

Learning by doing

There was certainly a clear shift in the day from training lab to functioning news operation and it appeared to happen of its own accord. The presence of live data meant that the training and theory could be applied to real-life information and content very quickly and the journalists slipped into doing the task at hand.

One of our reporters picked up this tweet in their monitoring.
And was the first to respond, seeking the clarification needed to start reporting it out
The Tweeter responded and the information was able to be verified.
The Guardian’s General Election Liveblog picks up reporting from Pop-Up Newsroom.

Mapping Workflows & Documenting Findings

This has just been an outline of the project that we took on but we have a lot more findings that we will be analysing and sharing. We had a person dedicated to documenting the entire day and recording the evolution of our innovation as it related to both technical development and editorial workflows and verification techniques.

Building additional layers on established newsgathering processes will be part of the findings we share.

Pizza

Oh yeah and it isn’t an election day without election day pizza.

Thank You

We did this with some great partners. Thank you so much to Google News Lab for powering the inaugural newsroom and for the support of the First Draft Partner Network, City University, Krzana and NewsWhip.


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Pop-Up Newsroom is an innovation framework for newsrooms that are changing the way they collaborate, communicate and engage audiences through new tools and training.

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Pop-Up Newsroom is an innovation framework for newsrooms that are changing the way they collaborate, communicate and engage audiences through new tools and training.