Los Angeles

The Agile Journalist: Your Quest To Remain Relevant

In the age of burst content, how does a journalist tell the story? Use the 12 Principles of Agile Journalism in the Digital Age.

We adapt the Twelve Principles of Agile Software for modern journalists. (See link: http://www.agilealliance.org/the-alliance/the-agile-manifesto/the-twelve-principles-of-agile-software/)

1. Your highest priority is to satisfy the audience through early and continuous delivery with the content you deliver.

2. Welcome changing requirements, even late developments in the story (evidence, subplots). Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage.

3. Deliver your story as it happens,update your story frequently, keep your readers coming back for more information.

4. Journalists , editorial staff and statisticians must work together daily throughout the project.

5. Build projects around motivated individuals. Streamline the approval processes for story development and deployment.

6. The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is through different channels (social, phone, email).

7. Cross-channel amplification is the primary measure of progress.

8. An agile newsroom is more sustainable than one that isn’t because it’s reacting to the audience and to the developing story.

9. If you tell a good story, people will read it.

10. Keep it simple, stupid

11. The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.

12. Understand what you’ve written and how your audience has reacted to it, shared it, and distributed it.


This session teaches agility for journalists in the Digital Age, focusing on reacting in a way that's appropriate in an environment that was built on the idea of collecting information, and pushing it out.


Michael De Monte | ScribbleLive