You’re a journalist. What would you do if you lost your job tomorrow? For many journalists – including me – this isn’t a hypothetical question, and it’s why I urge you to have a Plan B.
Never have we had so much choice in terms of news, information, music and entertainment. The democratisation of production brought by digital technology has made it easier than ever for people to create content, but it has also made it more difficult than ever to get paid to create it. This cannot last.
In a recent piece for The Media Briefing in the UK, I ask the question about which newspapers will survive. It is doubtless that newspapers are under pressure right now, but after nearly two years managing a group of small newspapers for Gannett, I realised that there are actually some newspapers that have a real fighting chance to survive. What things do they have in common?
Back in March, I said that I was hiring, looking for journalists ready to create the future of media, and now I find myself looking to my future. On Tuesday, my position was eliminated with immediate effect. I’ve been at the cutting edge of digital media for two decades, and if you need a proven digital media leader, let’s talk.
I’ve started writing US focused pieces for the UK’s Media Briefing, and my most recent piece looks at the podcast renaissance. Everyone has focused on listening on mobile devices, but one of the big things driving the resurgence of podcasting is the thing we drive – connected cars.
My good friend Steve Yelvington highlighted this great post by John E. McIntyre at the Baltimore Sun: More more with less. He was commenting on the move by the Boston Globe to create a new class of multi-platform editors and the response that it had in the industry. The idea of doing more with less or less with less is… Read more →
Tom Grubisich of hyperlocal news analysis site, Street Fight Mag, says that to save local journalism, we need not only revenue but also vision. Grubisich lays out one vision. The one challenge with these grand visions for local media is that editorially they stil need to be relevant in the communities that they serve.
City University London journalism professor George Brock has criticised Trinity-Mirror’s Newsroom 3.1 plan saying that their focus on metrics has been discredited. Metrics aren’t bad in and of themselves, but George is right to point out that volume metrics alone – clicks and unique users – aren’t enough.
There are some companies that appear to be native to the web, not just on the web but of the web. Often these companies were early adopters, building websites whilst others called the web a ‘fad’, starting blogs before most people knew what they were, and using social media in a way that makes them appear to have a sound… Read more →
As of Monday, I am now overseeing a group of four Gannett newspapers in Wisconsin. To bring this group together and deliver the kind of engagement, innovation and growth I’ve delivered in my first year overseeing two newspapers, I need three strong newsroom leaders and five reporters.