This post was originally published on Medium on Sept. 16, 2016.
No really, a literal list of questions I’m thinking about when it comes to collaboration. (By no means exhaustive, just the most prominent right now.)
- How do we define collaboration? (Actual joint work on a story, coordinated coverage of a topic, trading stories useful to each other, all of the above, etc.)
- What is the primary hurdle for a newsroom considering initiating a collaboration?
- How challenging is it for most newsrooms to find appropriate partners?
- What is the level of challenge around finding and using the appropriate tools that work for all partners?
- What is the pain point in the planning process?
- What level of resources are needed for creating mutual agreements that guide the collaboration?
- How often does communication have to happen?
- How is trust established and maintained?
- How do we prevent imbalances in resources and skills from allowing the more powerful newsroom dominate their partner?
- How do we help ensure mutual benefits to partners?
- How can editorial workflows help the process rather than slow it down?
- How do partners adapt their normal editorial “chain of command” to include content/reporters from outside the chain?
- What kind of rubric can be used to assess the success of a collaborative project?
- How do we make sure that all parties get credit for the pageviews, attention and impact of a collaborative story?
- How can newsrooms casually and constantly stay connected about potential areas of future collaboration?
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