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Miami Herald to participate in national media research project

The central news desk in the Miami Herald newsroom.
The central news desk in the Miami Herald newsroom.

The Miami Herald will be a testing ground for new mobile and digital practices as part of a national project led by Temple University’s School of Media and Communication and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The Dallas Morning News and the Philadelphia Media network (The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com) will also participate in the project, which is supported by a $1.3 million Knight grant.

Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation vice president for journalism, said the newsrooms will be learning platforms for an industry grappling with challenges brought about by a rapidly changing digital environment. "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," she said in a news release.

Each newsroom will study the technology, work flows, roles and skills required to make the shift to a mobile-first newsroom. Each will bring changes to the way they generate news and information – including by elevating social media efforts, harnessing data and gaining speed – and share their experiences and best practices 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.

Industry and academic experts will also participate in the Knight-Temple Table Stakes Project. Experiences and best practices will be detailed in a comprehensive report by the American Press Institute. The School of Media and Communication will also develop academic research for use in classrooms.

Support for this project is part of Knight Foundation’s efforts to support local and regional news organizations reinventing their platforms for the digital age. Knight has made other investments in this area, including the $5 million Knight Local Media Initiative, which has supported more than 50 organizations in developing innovations in journalism.

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