Posted by JEFF KIDD on July 22, 2013
Ten years ago, while newspaper budgets and staffs were being slowly but steadily trimmed, some companies adopted the mantra "work smarter" -- implying that with the right approach, even better newspapers could be published with even fewer employees. In this post-recession era of publishing on both print and online platforms with yet-smaller staffs, some advise to "decide what to quit doing" -- an acknowledgement that setting priorities can keep you from being overwhelmed.
Both prescriptions are healthy exercises. However, both have their limits.
"Work smarter" begins to sound like "work off the clock" to those ordered, not taught, to economize. And deciding what tasks and projects to abandon can actually bring more anxiety than relief, particularly if the flotsam was once strongly advocated by those now giving you permission to chuck it overboard.
Posted on July 1, 2013
Video, once deemed too labor-intensive for the traffic it produced, is getting a fresh look from the newspaper industry as technology and new platforms change the game.
Posted by JEFF KIDD on June 24, 2013
The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism recently issued its “State of the Media 2013” report.
Posted by JEFF KIDD on June 17, 2013
Scorn. Ridicule. Indignation. You name it, and the Chicago Sun-Times’ decision last month to layoff its entire photo department has been met with it, by both the public and the newspaper industry.
Posted by JEFF KIDD on June 10, 2013
With social media becoming increasingly frequent "delivery men" of journalism, their policies and practices bear attention from those interested in fair, balanced story-telling.
Posted by JEFF KIDD on June 3, 2013
Pressure mounts on Attorney General Eric Holder, whose department has cited the 1917 Espionage Act to justify snooping into the correspondence of journalists, including Fox News' James Rosen. Is there a historical case for this?
Posted by JEFF KIDD on May 27, 2013
I offer no sterling insights, no prognosis for my industry, nor presricptions for its health. I offer only a simple obeservation: Social media is transforming journalism, and nowhere is its impact as obvious as in the curating of breaking news.