This passage from Poynter (quoting the memo) was fascinating:
- A new model for copy editing. "[Editor] Susan Wessling is leading a team that is examining whether our copy desks are structured properly for an era when stories no longer move at the rhythms of print."
- Editors won't concern themselves with the print edition. "Assigning editors, in the very near future, will not worry about filling space. They will worry over coverage, and the best ways to tell stories. The print hub, a dedicated group of designers and editors, will then construct the print paper out of the great wealth of journalism."
Poynter said editors won't concern themselves with the print edition?
Bottom line is another -- now desperate -- attempt to achieve online in revenue what it no longer produces in print. The NYT will try video. That may work but it is difficult to compete against the pros in TV and the amateurs with all the time in the world.
The financial reality is newspapers no longer are cash cows. Thomson bailed a few years ago. Knight-Ridder too. Readers bailed for the Internet. Craigslist and others gobbled up much of the classified ads section. Google and others are taking local ads. I now figure out who will win the state elections by whose ads follow me to the London newspapers that I read online.
The memo began with cheery attaboys. The paper won a ton of Pulitzers again this year.
However, Pulitzers still won't pay the bills.