October 19, 2015

Temple University’s School of Media and Communication will work with The Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Media Network and the Miami Herald as places to test mobile and digital practices aimed at legacy newsrooms. The project, called the Knight-Temple Table Stakes Project, was announced Monday and is funded by $1.3 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

From the press release:

Temple University will use a team-based approach to help the newsrooms identify and gather insights into the technology, workflows, roles and skills required in an increasingly digital and mobile world. The newsrooms will use these lessons to bring changes to their current processes and share their experiences with the field. The project is also expected to yield a set of online tools and templates designed to help legacy newsrooms speed up digital adoption. Experiences and best practices will be detailed in a comprehensive report. The project will provide ongoing coaching and begin helping other newsrooms implement lessons learned next year.

As part of the project, Temple will produce research for schools. The American Press Institute will also partner with the project to create research and best practices for other legacy news organizations.

“The goal of the project is to position these newsrooms as learning platforms for an industry that is grappling with the cultural, technical and economic challenges brought about by a rapidly changing digital environment,” said Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation vice president for journalism. “By bringing newsroom leaders together to tackle these issues, we hope the lessons learned will inspire more newsrooms to adopt mobile and digital-first best practices.”

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