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Evaluating the Use of Digital Creativity Support by Journalists in Newsrooms

Maiden, N. ORCID: 0000-0001-6233-8320, Zachos, K. ORCID: 0000-0003-1977-7090, Brown, A., Nyre, L., Holm, N., Tonheim, A., Hesseling, C., Wagemans, A. and Apstolou, D. (2019). Evaluating the Use of Digital Creativity Support by Journalists in Newsrooms. Paper presented at the ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference 2019, 23 - 26 June 2019, San Diego, USA.


This paper reports the evaluation of a new digital support tool designed to increase journalist creativity and productivity in newsrooms. After outlining the tool’s principles, interactive features and architecture, the paper reports the installation and use of the tool over 2 months by 12 journalists in the newsrooms of 3 newspapers. Results from this evaluation revealed that tool use was associated with published news articles rated as more novel but not more valuable than published articles written by the same journalists without the tool. However, tool use did not increase journalist productivity. The evaluation results were used to inform future changes to the digital creativity support tool.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: © {Maiden, N., Zachos, K., Brown, A., Nyre, L., Holm, B., tonheim, A., Hesseling, C., Wagemans, A. & Apstolou, D. | ACM} {2019}. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record is to be published at
Publisher Keywords: Journalism; creativity; digital support; evaluation; news-rooms
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Cass Business School > Management
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