3 tips to survive September if you are a journalist
Back to the city, back to the routine, back to the newsroom.
If this list makes you feel overwhelmed, don't miss the following tips from our team of journalists to make your return to the newsroom a little more pleasant.
We know that the atmosphere in a newsroom and the need to keep up to date with the latest news are a far cry from the relaxed holidays. This is why we have asked our journalists about their experiences being back to the newsroom, and some of their tips to make it more bearable. Here we share their answers so that you can get back to the keyboard and feel like a fish in water from day one:
1- Make sure you keep up with all the changes
In a newsroom, everything changes very quickly. You've only been away for a couple of weeks, but that's long enough to find that even the staff has changed. If the editorial system has not registered it and people returning from their holidays are also unaware, articles may continue being published with the signature of an editor who no longer works for the media.
The same applies to advertising, which sometimes even depends on the results of a sports match. This information is key if someone recently landed after their holiday is in charge of the campaigns.
2- Share the good news among your colleagues
This year, the return to the newsroom will not be so stressed, as many of the editors will continue homeworking at least on certain days of the week.
To encourage motivation among your colleagues working remotely, we suggest you follow up the contents that work best and send them to their authors, congratulate them and generate ideas with the rest of the team to motivate its dissemination. You can publish them on various channels, send them via push notifications, include them in the recommended articles section, in the newspaper's newsletter or even enrich them with multimedia content (animated infographics, podcasts or videos). If you have a CMS like IterWCM, you get endless possibilities.
Consider with your team how to improve work processes
September is the month to enhance new habits, so it might be the best moment to rethink with your team how to improve workflows. Something that cannot be missing in the newsroom is an editorial system that allows all profiles to work on a publication at the same time: editing, layout and content review. Each user works according to their permissions without interfering with other simultaneous tasks.
At Protecmedia we have a team of technicians and journalists who work together developing our tools. One of our main priorities is to dedicate a percentage of our time to rethinking improvements to the workflows in our clients' newsrooms. In this way, we ensure that our technology and services are perfectly adapted to the reality of the teams and are an improvement for the business.