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March 18 2010

23:38

AN INSPIRATIONAL BOOK: REWORK

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Reading this new book of JasonFried and David Heinemeier Hansson I found some great advice for our news industry.

Jason and David are partners of 37Signals, the company behind Basecam, the web-based project collaboration tool that, thanks to Christian Oliver, INNOVATION uses with all our consultants and clients.

As Bill Taylor, the co-founder of Fast Company magazine said: “37signals is a refreshing model of simplicity in an industry ruled (and haunted) by complexity.”

And now, some of the most important lessons from the book and my remarks for newspaper publishers, editors and reporters:

“Focus in what won’t change” (RELEVANT AND COMPELLING STORYTELLING).

“Launch now” (TIME TO INVEST, TIME TO INNOVATE).

“Meetings are toxic” (OPEN SPACE, WALLS-DOWN NEWSROOMS DON’T NEED MEETINGS).

“Quick wins” (LESS MEMOS, MORE DEMOS).

“Don’t copy” (BE DIFFERENT, INNOVATE).

“Pick a fight” (CAMPAIGNS, CAMPAIGNS, CAMPAIGNS).

“Build an audience” (READERS ARE NOT ENOUGH, WE NEED TO ENGAGE NEW AUDIENCES AND COMMUNITIES).

“Go behind the scenes” (DO THE NEWS BEHIND THE NEWS).

“Press releases are spam” (COMMODITY NEWS WILL KILL YOU).

“Marketing is not a department” (IT’S ONE OF YOUR LIFESAVERS).

“Hire great writers” (WORDS ALWAYS MATTER).

“Put everyone in the front lines” (TURN OFF YOU COMPUTER, GO THE STREET, MEET YOUR READERS AND ADVERTISERS).

“Send people home at 5″ (YOU ARE NOT ANYMORE INTHE BREAKING-NEWS BUSINESS).

“Emulate chefs” (NOTHING IS MORE SIMILAR TO A NEWSPAPER THAN A RESTAURANT!).

“Less mass” (MORE CAVIAR).

Of course I disagree too with some of the suggestions (”Ignore the real world”, “Why grow?”, “No time is excuse”, “Good enough is fine”…) but the whole book is provocative and inspirational like any Manifesto.

(Thanks to Benjamin Reece)

November 07 2009

09:16

GOOD ADVICE FOR ALL OF US

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The news industry is facing big challenges.

Like in the past.

Like today.

Like tomorrow.

So let’s remember:

“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOO HOO what a ride”

(Thanks to INNOVATION’s Claude Erbsen)

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