Ask for your 10 percent, or 20

Talk about workflow, Mindy McAdams has found an answer.

Actually, she found BBC’s 10 percent answer, which came from Google’s 20 percent solution

Take 10-20 percent of your time and work on a project of your choosing.

This is where your gmail was born.

In the newsroom, four hours could produce another multimedia element to a story.  A video or slideshow or cool aspect to that weekender you have to produce anyway.

Let’s all start asking our editors: Give me a few hours, or maybe even a day, and leave me alone. Or ask nicer than that.

Then use that time to do something cool and make better journalism.

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