Posts by Adam Hochberg

News for the Minecraft generation: Gannett experiments with virtual reality

Screenshot from a video about Gannett's experiment with virtual reality journalism in the Des Moines Register's story Harvest of Change. One of America’s largest media companies is hoping that young readers want to get their news the same way that video gamers play World of Warcraft and Doom. Gannett Company this week previewed its first project that allows readers … Read More

Case Study: Gannett's monumental task -- A content management system for all

(This case study, the fifth in an occasional series, was underwritten by a grant from the Stibo-Foundation.) Note: CCI Europe is a subsidiary of Stibo, whose foundation made a grant for this series. The funder had no editorial input on the study. In 2011, Gannett Co. owned more than a hundred newspapers and television stations – each with its … Read More

Conan's comedy bit hints at serious issues for local TV news

Just before the holidays, late-night comedian Conan O’Brien poked a little fun at local TV newscasts. In doing so, he illustrated some serious issues about the compromises journalists make in understaffed newsrooms. O’Brien strung together clips of two dozen local news anchors reading an identical story – a consumer report about the supposed trend of holiday “self gifting.” The … Read More

'Gloves come off' as journalists debunk each other's Obamacare horror stories

When Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik saw Deborah Cavallaro tell her story on television, something about it didn’t add up. Cavallaro is a real-estate agent and investor in Westchester, Calif. She's also become a minor media celebrity in the past few weeks, repeatedly sharing her story of how the Affordable Care Act will raise her medical costs. Since October … Read More

News orgs take to social media to find Va. Tech witnesses, photos

News organizations from around the country are using social media to locate witnesses and obtain interviews and photos of today's campus shooting at Virginia Tech. "Call our newsroom if you know anyone that goes to Virginia Tech," tweeted Buffalo, New York television station WKBW.  "Hey #vatech - looking to speak & get updates from students on campus," wrote … Read More