Futures Lab Video #167: 4 Tips for Embracing Startup Culture in Newsrooms

    by Rachel Wise
    October 7, 2016
    Newsrooms should embrace aspects of startup culture, according to Andrew Pergam, the vice president of video and new ventures at McClatchy.

    Reporting by Rachel Wise and Hailey Godburn.

    In recent years, the newspaper industry has suffered a series of blows — from consolidation to a shrinking workforce to declining ad revenues. But with these setbacks comes the opportunity for innovation and growth.

    McClatchy is one company that’s embraced that opportunity. We sat down with Andrew Pergam, vice president of video and new ventures, who says a big part of fostering innovation is emphasizing key components common at entrepreneurial startups. He offers four tips for how news organizations can better encourage innovation.


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    Rachel Wise is an editor at the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update.

    The Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Futures Lab video update features a roundup of fresh ideas, techniques and developments to help spark innovation and change in newsrooms across all media platforms. Visit the RJI website for the full archive of Futures Lab videos, or download the iPad app to watch the show wherever you go. You can also sign up to receive email notification of each new episode.

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