This is really depressing. You wonder how our industry can survive with so many key people resistant to change. Follow the link to read a group of Gannett photographers (and probably some others) slam their papers’ strategic changes.
Jeff Brehm: The photographers were especially happy to hear that their workload will double again, adding editing the video untrained reporters will bring back from all manner of assignments to their already stupid list of stills, sound bites and video stuff for the website that gets fewer hits than Ken Griffey, Jr. on IR.
The entire staff liked the idea so much that, so far, all but one has announced he or she is leaving before it starts in March.
Andrew Spearin : Hell, a newspaper that switches over to a full staff of mojos can sell their office building, buy a parking lot, and have everyone just sit in their cars in the mojo-lot ™ while the Editor-in-Chief goes up to each one with the story-o-lotto ™ to see who gets what story… and hopefully the one in the hot pink (with yellow racing stripe) Smart car doesn’t draw the in-depth report on local biker gang violence.
Rob Ostermaier: The power on the still image is being pushed aside for the an internet fad. Still images will always mean more and have more impact in the long run than video. …. I’m really tired of the the issue of money. I can’t speak for other papers but mine is doing quite well at an over 20% profit margin so I don’t want to hear anything about revenue streams. What this comes down to is making sure the investors get paid even if it brings down the fourth estate!
Michael R. Sisak: Do newspapers need new ideas? No. I’m sick of new ideas. Go back to old ideas. COVER THE NEWS. BREAK STORIES. KEEP A DECENT-SIZED STAFF. RUN GREAT PHOTOGRAPHS. Make your paper a MUST-READ everyday, not just an elaborate advertisement for the website. Don’t co-opt the printed product because the internet is cool.
Mr. Publisher: I promise you, moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas will buy tons of copies of your newspaper when you COVER high school sports, instead of just tossing the scores on the website… I promise you people will buy the paper just to look up the movie times and the T.V. listings that you’ve exiled to the website… I promise you that people will buy the newspaper because you have a great local story that has an edge and maybe happens to be about people they don’t know, or even people in the next town.
There is also this statement from Ostermaier, “ I understand putting emphasis on the web but this sort of change seems really radical.” All I can say is, “yes, it is. Thank God.”
(via Will Sullivan)