What do we do in the future newsroom?
As we get closer and closer to the end of the beginning of the digital revolution, it's more appropriate to ask ourselves, what will our jobs like on the other side?
So, here's a terrific blog post by Morris digital guru Steve Yelvington. It’s short and worth a read, because it encapsulates the three key things that reporters and editors need to focus on if we’re going to succeed with our audiences. Key insight: Journalists have to become more than the "town crier" they've always been. They have to act as the "town square" to bring news from outside through aggregation and bring communities together to talk amongst themselves; and become the "town expert," providing information, not just news, that audiences can use, through wikis and the like.
Another Steve -- Steve Outing -- has a great take on workflow and job responsibilities in the new newsroom. Also well worth the read. Nut graf for reporters:
Every reporter is a blogger, each has his/her own blog on their beat or topic specialty -- and that is the core of the reporter's work life from which all else spins off. Their best stuff may show up on the homepage with a mixture of topics, but everything will be on their personal blog page. For the reader interested in health news, he'll follow the Medical News blog of health reporter Jane Smith, for example. Because the blog will be more interactive than traditional newspaper coverage, Smith's readers will leave comments on her stories, and Smith will be required to respond to comments and questions. She'll announce multiple ways for her digital readers to contact her, including e-mail address or a contact form, and addresses on various social networks (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Seesmic, etc.). Smith may even participate in outside healthcare/medical online communities, and will list her address there, too.