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From print-first to audience-first: Using analytics to change the newsroom mindset

For the past two years, the Virginian Pilot’s newsroom goals have not included a print component — a huge shift in its 154-year history. “Our primary goal shifted from sustaining the print product to building a digital subscriber base,” said Senior Editor Jeff Reece, who’s been pushing the newsroom with other Pilot staff to evolve […]

How to use analytics to identify and build a popular new beat

A local news publisher in Norfolk, VA, has been using data to drive editorial decisions — a journey closely tied to its digital transition since 2016. The Virginian-Pilot’s shift to a digitally-focused newsroom strategy has meant not just a change in approach but also a change in mindset — from trusting their gut to trusting […]