Wednesday, August 03, 2005
New York Times merges online and print newsroom
The Washington Post calls it "a significant step in an industry struggling with big changes in the way people get their news". Editor & Publisher speaks of a 'Web Victory': "The firewall separating the Web site operations of The New York Times from the newsroom on 43rd Street is about to come tumbling down." That means that one editor will be in charge of the print and the online version of his article. It is not the first paper to take this step but the most prominent reports the Washington Post.
In a memo, posted yesterday on Romanesko, the New York Times tells its staff that "one of the biggest long-term challenges facing our craft is to invent a digital journalism and new services for our readers that both live up to our high standards and help carry the cost of a great news-gathering organization. We have concluded that our best chance of meeting that challenge is to integrate the two newsrooms into one. This will enable us to fully tap the creative energy of this organization and thus raise digital journalism to the next level." After ten years of separation, although there was always cooperation, the paper feels that the world has changed and the paper should so too.
In charge of the project will be Jon Landman, deputy managing editor. The physical merger will take place when the New York Times moves to its new Headquarters in 2007, but side-by-side cooperation and integration will begin before that and some people will move already now. According to paidContent "the print newsroom is being told they are now the editors for all the news, not just the print edition. Not sure yet what that means for their counterparts on the web side - or for readers." As stated by Wall Street Journal "no staff reductions are planned as part of the integration."
"It's inevitable, I think, that over time, more and more people are going to gravitate to the Web. For a decade, our school systems have been training the youth to go to a keyboard to get information. That's only going to grow," says John Morton, a Silver Spring consultant experienced with news-industry analysis, in the Washington Post. The Washington Post itself has no plans to combine its print and online newsroom, but stresses that the constant collaboration between the two newsrooms is working well.
Next month, the Times plans to restrict online access to popular columns to subscribers who pay an annual fee of $50 reports the Wall Street Journal.
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