Hey — no one put out a nifty blog post when we USATODAY.com folks had to work the overnight hours …
Great work here from Brigid Schulte, pointing out the dubious rewards of working too hard:
Ties in with a question I’ve had in my head: If we have a lot of people who are working too hard and a few people who have no jobs, isn’t the solution rather obvious? How do we make it happen?
Part of me thinks this is a good idea. Part of me thinks you shouldn’t need a philosophy degree to understand when you’re screwing the planet.
The new whatever-it-is with Glenn Greenwald, the crusading journalist now known best for the Edward Snowden/NSA matter of interest, could revolutionize journalism in a sense that has nothing to do with the controversial content it’s sure to have. It could be the least bureaucratic news organization in history.
Having been in a couple of organizations in which I practically needed three editors’ approval to go to lunch, I’m curious to see how this works. Top-heavy news orgs are toast in this new era, and good riddance. When heavy competition eats away your revenue and resources are limited, you need to find creative ways to get more reporting with fewer people.
But I also appreciate good editors. I have a couple of them now at OZY — people who challenge me to sharpen my prose and explain things that aren’t clear to the average reader. In this new news organization, who does the editing?
One other highlight of this link — the sidebar tells us “Erik Wemple writes a reported opinion blog.” That sounds new school, but it’s really old school. In the old days, columnists actually did some reporting. They weren’t just partisan shills. What a concept.