When Bert Roughton Jr. was tasked 18 months ago with reorganizing the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s newsroom to better address the newspaper’s digital challenges, he looked outside his own newsroom — and outside the newspaper business — for inspiration.

He found it at the Aspen Ideas Festival, where he learned about Quartz’s “obsessions”; at a GigaOM Mobility meetup; and in the pages of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography, which made him think about how to develop products for consumers.

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