ONA Weekly #385: The Newsroom Case For Airtable

By on November 10, 2021

The newsroom case for Airtable  

With the ability to link information from different sources across multiple databases, news organizations are turning to Airtable for internal collaboration, project management and public-facing resources for audiences. Often cited as a user-friendly software with more functionality than traditional spreadsheets, Airtable allows teams to sort relational data using existing templates.

Anika Anand, who oversees daily operations at Local Independent Online News Publishers (LION), says Airtable has helped her team think about data structure and organization. LION uses Airtable to manage its membership directory of more than 300 news publishers across North America. Other journalists we reached out to highlighted the platform’s capability to support their newsroom’s tracking and planning needs which involves hiring employees, updating budgets, tracking impact and editorial planning. Mary Tyler March, Strategic Planning Editor for local Washington, D.C., outlet WAMU/DCist, says her team focuses more on using Airtable for internal communication and occasional audience surveys and less on creating external databases. Resolve Philly Co-Founder Cassie Haynes and Impact Editor Julie Christie led an instructional video guide on how Airtable supports their staff goals last year. 

Here are a few more examples of newsroom use cases for Airtable:

We’re always on the lookout for helpful resources and tips. If you have other examples to share, please reply directly to this email.

Challenging the system on imposter syndrome  

Hear from a powerful panel of digital media leaders at our next event Challenging the System on Imposter Syndrome this Thursday, Nov. 11, 12 p.m. EST (17:00 UTC). Leading the conversation are Evette Dionne, Editor and Publishing Manager at Netflix; Federica Cherubini, Head of Leadership Development at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism; Lilah Raptopoulous, U.S. Head of Audience Engagement and host of FT Weekend podcast; Kate Lesniak, Senior Manager at HubSpot for Nonprofits, and moderator Imaeyen Ibanga, Presenter at AJ+ and ONA board member. This critical conversation is the second learning session in our Women’s Leadership Accelerator speaker series. Name your own price to register today

How COVID-19 impacted the sports world 

Judges at this year’s Online Journalism Awards honored the New York Times’ coverage of sports and the pandemic for its wide-ranging angles and approaches to the story. The portfolio included reporting on how the industry had lost almost a third of its projected revenue of $75.7 billion due to canceled games and limited stadium access for fans in 2020. It also highlighted unemployment and a decrease in TV ratings as consequences brought on by the coronavirus outbreak. One of the stories provided dozens of interviews from coaches, athletes and executives who reflected on their experience from March 11-13, 2020, those final three days when the sports world shut down in the U.S.

For the second consecutive year, MARCA wins the award for Sports among small/medium newsrooms with a story about the redemption of Francisco Santos, the current Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, who was held captive for 243 days from Sept. 19, 1990 to May 20, 1991 and turned to soccer to survive his kidnapping. Judges called the entry “a moving narrative aided by compelling graphics, illustration and storytelling.” Take a look at more honorable works from the Sports category, including projects by The Boston Globe and NJ Advance Media.

Elevate your leadership skills with WLA

We are currently accepting applications for the 2022 Women’s Leadership Accelerator. This intensive, year-long program is designed to provide women who are pushing innovation in digital media with practical tools to advance their careers. The 2022 cohort will benefit from three virtual and in-person workshops tailored to the groups’ needs, regular check-ins, individual mentoring from industry leaders and registration to the 2022 Online News Association Conference (ONA22), Sept. 21-24 in Los Angeles. Learn more about the application process or forward this opportunity to a peer. The deadline to apply is Nov. 30.

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Career opportunities

ONA’s Career Center is an excellent resource for jobs, fellowships and internships in digital journalism. Recent postings include:

On our radar

The radar is now open for suggestions. Have you written or read a piece lately that would benefit others in journalism? We’re interested in sharing insights on trends, how-to guides, lessons from a project and other inspiration for innovation in digital journalism.
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