Angela Chao

Managing Editor of Global News • Healthline Media
Last edited August 1, 2023

Angela Chao is the Managing Editor of Global News at Healthline Media and RVO Health. She leads an international team of editors and freelancers to cover the latest health and science news showcased across premium digital publications such as Healthline, Medical News Today, Greatist and Psych Central.

Angela is a digital pioneer who’s led numerous cutting-edge, large-scale content experiments across web, social media, OTT and emerging platforms that resulted in exponential audience and revenue growth for multiple news organizations. Her passion for storytelling and innovation as well as her diverse experience in both traditional and emerging media served her well as a reporter, producer, editor as well as a digital and people leader in various newsrooms.

Previously, she was the first Digital Executive Producer at NBC Atlanta/11Alive, a Tegna station, and worked as a supervising producer and led digital innovations at companies such as The Weather Channel/ and USA Today. She also helped launch two successful news startups in her early career.

Angela holds a master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, and a bachelor’s degree with a double major in broadcast news and sociology from Washington State University.

Angela’s vision for the future of digital journalism.

If I learned one thing from being a digital pioneer on the forefront of transforming newsrooms and constantly adapting to new, often disruptive technologies, is that change is inevitable.

With a sharp decline in traditional revenue such as advertising and the constantly changing landscape surrounding online and social media platforms, it is crucial for journalists and news organizations to reevaluate their content and audience strategies to grow and thrive in the digital space. Here are some of my thoughts and vision on the future of digital journalism and how we can pivot to be one step ahead of the next big change that will impact our industry:

-Focus on producing content on native platforms that can be repackaged for different audiences, instead of making social media the main avenue for delivery.
-As old school as it sounds, newsletters are an excellent way to cultivate a loyal group of subscribers. It is also a creative way to generate additional revenue, whether it’s through advertising, sponsorship or affiliated links when appropriate.
-Podcasts and audio platforms continue to present unique opportunities for news organizations to create topic-based, niche, both short-form and long-form audio content that can be beneficial for brand-building and audience development.
-Google and SEO continue to be at the center stage of many organizations’ content strategies. While it is necessary to stay informed with the latest changes in the SEO world, it is not sustainable if we only rely on search-based traffic.
-Implementing AI into editorial processes: Ethical and innovative ways of using AI will likely be the next big thing in digital journalism, and ChatGPT and other versions of such tools have already made their way into many newsrooms. The question is not whether AI will be widely used in the field of journalism, but how. I’d love to see more news and product teams experiment with AI in ways that don’t take away the integrity and humanity of journalism and storytelling, but instead, help journalists do their jobs faster and better, especially with declining resources and many journalists doing more with less.
-How to better deliver and monetize short-form and long-form digital video content will largely determine the success of brands built around visual content. Newsrooms can benefit from creating video content that can seamlessly transfer from one screen to another with the ability to generate revenue across multiple platforms from web, YouTube to streaming services.

The tools we use to tell stories and the platforms we present such stories to audiences will always be evolving, but it remains true that journalism absolutely matters, and the digital audience is hungry for credible and compelling content.