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    Quote Originally Posted by pstake View Post
    I understand the need for revenue but from a purely journalistic standpoint, this could be good news.
    It takes revenue to pay good photographers and reporters. This is one of the ways the Internet has suceeded in completeley lowering the bar of human endevour. Arguments to the contrary will be numerous because everybody is a fan of democracy, but democracy in endeavor is simply rabble run amock.
    That's just, like, my opinion, man...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post
    Turns out that there are big problems with "new media" as an revenue stream. Click through ratios have been going south for some time, and conversions are in free fall.

    Very true, but this doesn't mean that paper newspapers will be returning. Many papers are trying to go to a subscription based Internet paper (or by the article); somebody will figure it out eventually.

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    The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reducing it's delivery. It will deliver only a few days a week, but it will be available at the newsstand (stores) every day. People are upset and this will likely cost them some subscriptions. Unfortunately, advertising is based on circulation, and subscriptions are a large part of determining that. I think they are risking a bad spiral.

    Nearby we have two daily papers; the Lorain Morning Journal and Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. They are not as large (and in some cases not as good), but both seem to be doing well in comparison.
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    Cleveland ceased to be much of a newspaper town when the Press folded. When the venerable Plain Dealer is compared to the Lorain and Elyria papers, this is a sad state indeed, but it wouldn't surprise me if the smaller local papers have taken over as the real source for local news, as the larger papers have become mainly vehicles for syndicated stories, and local news is even being outsourced-- http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisf...yperlocal-news
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post
    It takes revenue to pay good photographers and reporters. This is one of the ways the Internet has suceeded in completeley lowering the bar of human endevour. Arguments to the contrary will be numerous because everybody is a fan of democracy, but democracy in endeavor is simply rabble run amock.
    I agree. I won't work for free. I just meant that the failure of the internet to drive ad revenue could force/capitalistically-motivate the creation of something new, a new type of medium in which the content is so good that people will cope with the ads. I wasn't trying to be Mr. Granola hippy love, furthering the age-old rivalry between the newsroom and ad dept.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    As someone who writes press releases as part of my day job, it's always disappointing to see how much of what passes for "journalism" is just mildly rewriting someone's press release, but then it's all the more encouraging when you can tell that someone's taken the time to do some additional research and write a real story.
    This is related to what I was saying about reporters having to do everything. When you have to meet a quota of two stories, two blog posts with video and five tweets each day, re-writing a press release is sometimes what you have to do in order to keep food on the table. For a lot of journalists these days, that's what it boils down to. This is not to say there are not worthless vagrants polluting the ranks, codging stories together from freebies. There are. But whether or not someone makes phone calls, does research and fleshes out the story can be the result of very arbitrary factors that have nothing to do with the journalist's integrity, the story's importance nor publisher's agenda.

    At the Sun Times, the list of tasks now includes photos.

    Which is really puzzling because good art is what draws in the readers. And good reporters know this, especially good reporters who are not good photographers.

    It makes me wonder how much the Sun Times is going to start leaning on readers to submit photos, if maybe they are hoping to boost circulation by getting families and friends to buy the paper because Johnny has a photo in there.

    EDIT: I forgot to mention pagination. A lot of the reporters are having to lay out their own pages, now. I still haven't learned InDesign and I hope I never have to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pstake View Post
    It makes me wonder how much the Sun Times is going to start leaning on readers to submit photos, if maybe they are hoping to boost circulation by getting families and friends to buy the paper because Johnny has a photo in there.
    Something like that always works in the short-term, and then backfires.

    (InDesign? Doesn't anyone use Quark anymore?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Truzi View Post
    Something like that always works in the short-term, and then backfires.

    (InDesign? Doesn't anyone use Quark anymore?)
    I agree. It's a temporary solution if anything. This seems like a last ditch kind of maneuver, anyway.

    I'm sure a lot of papers still use Quark. Probably a few that still use paper and tape.
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    I had advised an high school paper for a few years, and would never have had each reporter layout their stories - that is crazy. As a reporter you have no idea what other things will go in the paper. It looks bad for the paper as a whole.

    As a learning experience I had each student layout the whole paper in turn - just one person per 12-page issue.
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    Today's J-school is far different from yesterday's. I had an occasion to work with a graduate student from the University of Tennessee School of Journalism and Electronic Media for a week at the end of May and he was completely comfortable doing both photography and writing.

    From the UTK website: "The mission of the University of Tennessee School of Journalism and Electronic Media is to contribute to the evolving world of media and journalism. … Writing, editing, graphic design and production skills, along with critical thinking, ethics and research skills are given both interdisciplinary and media-specific emphasis. The School is dedicated to continuously ascertaining and serving the needs of its students and of media organizations with print, broadcasting, Online and mobile communication platforms."

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