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There was a great story in The Onion a few weeks back, right after Steve Jobs announced that he was stepping down as CEO of Apple. The headline read, "New Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm thinking printers'"

Not that there's anything wrong with printers, mind you. Something has to do the dirty work of printing out all those Groupons. The point is, with all the creative talent Apple has at its disposal, all the cutting-edge skills and resources, the company is probably better served developing cool products, not designing slick new ink cartridges for the DeskJet.

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Anton Jolkovski


2011-10-19 10:42

Dietmar Schantin, director at WAN-IFRA, spoke today about the integration of print and digital media. The interaction between the two is vital for future newspapers in order for them to stay successful.

All media is being used now to get the news out as quickly as possible. He explained the importance of each media and how it relates to and relies on another.

Schantin also described the four most prominent types of newsrooms by the way they are organised and prioritised. They are the Multiple Media Newsroom, the Cross Media Newsroom, the Media Integrated Newsroom and the Audience Targeted Newsroom. Each type differs mainly in the structure but all of the structures focus on the same goal, he said.

The multiple media newsroom uses separate editorial units for both the print and online news. Journalists in these newsrooms often do their own reporting and research.

The cross media newsroom relies on the concept that journalists provide content for all types of media under their channel. Each channel may have different goals and specifications but the journalist will still provide the content for all media.

The Media Integrated Newsroom integrates the complete news flow from print to digital, beginning to end. One journalist is not in charge of the news flow as in the first two newsrooms. Instead, a section head is responsible for the news gathered.


Leah McBride Mensching


2009-11-30 14:51

Results from an Associated Press Managing Editors survey released on Wednesday found newspaper executives felt their abilities to bring a quality product to their readers has been damaged by the industry and economic crises, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

The survey proffered 20 questions to editors and publishers, and received 351 responses, an "unusually strong sampling," the AP reported.

"These are the people out there on the front lines of this battle and they really don't know how it is going to turn out," said Bobbie Jo Buel, the APME's president and executive editor of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson.

Seventy-one percent of responding editors felt the quality of their newspapers had been "somewhat affected" or "greatly affected" by recent cutbacks, while 20 percent said the cutbacks had little or no effect.

Industry economic woes have caused 65 percent of replying executives to lay off staff and 30 percent had cut wages.

The U.S. newspaper industry employed a total of 407,000 people in 2008, a 20 percent decline from 2005 when 508,000 worked in the newspaper trade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Thousands more have been cut so far in 2009, the AP reported.

Free online news content appears to be a thing of the near past, with 28 percent of the respondents planning to charge for online content while 20 percent plan on offering print exclusive content, the survey found.


Leah McBride Mensching


2009-05-15 08:38

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