Mapping the Newsroom

While preparing for News Tools 2008, a small group, including Chris Peck, Chris O’brien, Martin Reynolds, Kara Andrade, Kaliya Hamlin, Dave Cohn, Stephen Silha, and Peggy Holman, and others came together to develop a value network map of the existing news room:

Traditional Newsroom

And a first pass at key roles and relationships of the emerging “news ecology”:

Emerging News Ecology

PHOTOS by Ytaelena López

The value network analysis process developed by Verna Allee has been used successfully in a number of settings. This process examines organizations or industries as networks in order to increase cross-boundary collaboration and productivity. The essential focus is on how work gets discussed and done through both formal and informal networks. This approach focuses on how work is performed and how change is implemented. For example, the Boeing Company utilized this approach to create a new organization from the ground up in order to design, build and manage its new 787 Dreamliner fleet.

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