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.
Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
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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