Welcome back to the Carnival of Journalism!

Yes, it’s true: The #jcarn is back!

For those of you new to the concept, here’s the simple version of what we do: Once a month we get together and write about the same topic directed by a different host each time. Visit the about and history pages for more specifics and to learn about how this came to be in the first place.

You can also skip down to this month’s topic by clicking here. It’s OK.

This version of the Carnival was inspired courtesy of its most recent long-time organizer/benevolent overlord, David Cohn, in response to a post about the future of a weekly Twitter chat about digital journalism, #wjchat.

Do you remember the Carnival of Journalism? Does anyone? I wonder if Wjchat could host Medium-esque Carnival of Journalisms?

I still miss having a topic to write about (not chat about), a deadline and reading what others have to say at the end of the month.

Consider this “Challenge accepted!”. It means we have a few more moving parts this time, too. In addition to this website, we’ll have a publication on Medium (currently a blank slate), and a Twitter account.

Later this evening, we’ll have a mailing list sign-up form available for you to use. There’s also the ever-reliable #jcarn Google Group.

There’s a caveat though as we relaunch this. I (André) am interested in revisiting David’s Hardly Strictly Young summit (a reason for this project’s relaunch in 2011) in some form in the coming year. It is still nebulous how this will help at this point, but I’m looking forward to sharing updates with you along the way.

Now, on to this month’s topic:

It’s courtesy of (and inspired by) a recent (albeit brief) exchange with a long-time #jcarn participant, Brian Boyer:

Designing for audience behavior…

Regardless of how we present our stories to our audiences — online, on-air, or in print — do we truly take them into consideration? Is the topic being reported on truly considered during the newsgathering process? Do we realize we can’t copy what other organizations do just because it’s already been “solved” for us? Can we look at internal reports like the NYT 2020 Report as a template or a bible for tackling how we interact with the communities we serve?

You can tackle any or all of these prompts or write about whatever comes to mind as you think about the phrase in boldface type.

When you’re ready (which should hopefully be before February 8), you’ll want to do one of the following things:

  • Tag us in a tweet (& use #jcarn so others can see it as well) when you publish the link via Twitter;
  • Submit the story for publication to the Carnival of Journalism on Medium if you choose that platform to share your piece;
  • Send us a message via the Google Group or via email with the URL.

When you’re finished, you’ll be able to say you’ve helped relaunch one of the most epic things ever. You’ll just want to celebrate…


Thanks in advance!