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Posted by Belinda Alzner on January 29, 2013

What, exactly, does media innovation look like and why do newsrooms need it now?

Check out this recap of the CJF J-Talk on media innovation where moderator Marissa Nelson (CBC News) spoke with some of the industry's brightest minds in Zach Seward (Quartz), Michael DeMonte (ScribbleLive) and David Skok ( Fellow) to find out what traditional media can learn from tech start-ups. 


   Zach Seward of Quartz: "The 800-word story is dead; go short; go long; or even better, go visual (with photos and charts)."

   Oh, really?

   Why wouldn't someone who has time for more than 100 words but fewer than 5,000 be happy with 800, give or take a few?

   Good question. As it turns out, Quartz's readers -- "business people in the new global economy" -- are fine with it.

   Right this minute their #2 story is a piece on the Dell buyout that measures 699 words. Yes, it includes two charts -- just as it might have in the Stone Age. 

   And clicking on "popular" gets you a story about ARM Holdings, the UK microchip designer. That one is 782 words, with three graphics.

   Good legacy-style facts and analysis in both of them. The form is alive and thriving.

J-Source and ProjetJ are publications of the Canadian Journalism Project, a venture among post-secondary journalism schools and programs across Canada, led by Ryerson University, Université Laval and Carleton University and supported by a group of donors.