Challenge: How can we help newsrooms develop and manage meaningful collaborative partnerships with other newsrooms to create a stronger, more effective news media?
Heather Bryant used her time at Stanford to work closely with a variety of collaborative partnerships to gain insight into their processes, successes and missteps in order to create profiles of collaboration that can serve as guides for newsrooms seeking to build their own collaborative networks. She participated in a number of conferences and workshops, speaking with local newsroom leaders about collaboration. She is continuing her work on Project Facet, an open source, web-based platform where newsrooms can manage the editorial process by planning, assigning, creating, collaborating and editing content both internally and with external partners.
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Heather Bryant came to journalism through her interest in wildlife biology and her love of writing. And while working her way through a journalism degree, she fell in love with technology and its potential for reporting and distributing news. She is director of Project Facet, which received a Knight Prototype Grant in 2015 to develop open source software that simplifies the editorial process for multiplatform publishers. Bryant is particularly interested in helping smaller news organizations collaborate and share content. She previously was digital services editor at KTOO Public Media in Juneau, Alaska, where she led a team building and managing the websites for a statewide television service and three radio stations. Her experiences at KTOO sparked her interest in improving editorial processes and ultimately led her to begin Project Facet.