Collaboration Central: Your Guide to Working Together in the Digital Age

March 26, 2012 in Community, Distribution, Experiments, Resources

We have a culture as journalists to fight our competition for scoops, to get there first, to beat everyone else. But with the devastating cuts that have hit traditional news organizations, combined with the power of new technologies, more journalists are finding strength in numbers — working together to cover more ground, tell better stories, and extend those stories onto multiple platforms in compelling ways…

Collaboration is a matter of survival for many journalistic organizations struggling to find a business model in the age of the Internet. The surge of non-profit journalism outlets has been a proving ground for collaboration, and as the Texas Tribune’s CEO Evan Smith told me late last year:

“We’re going to either hang separately or survive together.”

In Texas-speak, that means news orgs need to stay together if they want to live another day. Collaboration Central [offers a] roadmap to that very survival, with case studies on how others have handled collaborations, lessons learned, and what’s gone right (and wrong). We’ve already built up coverage of the topic over the past couple years, largely about how public media outlets have collaborated with each other and with their communities…” Source: MediaShift Blog

2 responses to Collaboration Central: Your Guide to Working Together in the Digital Age

  1. And the JA is looking forward to both being at the Collab/Space event (me!), and continuing the conversation afterward here! Experimenting and collaborating to support collaboration and experimentation… Thanks for convening.

  2. Hi everyone! ‘Just wanted to let you know that we’ve got one space left at next week’s Collab/Space event in Berkeley, CA — details here: — hope to see you there!

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