The Future….

As a good friend of mine says, we all need to stop killing trees.

E&P has this piece today, on the move to making the Web the primary form of delivery.

Elsewhere, a former colleague at, who is now on the faculty at UNC, has an interesting take on the skillsets needed for today’s online newsrooms.

And, my good friend Mindy has some interesting stats to share…She also provides a manifesto of sorts, listing “10 Simple Facts” for the survival of journalism. My favorites:

* Journalism costs a lot of money to do (and especially if it’s done well), because it requires dedicated people. So we can’t pretend that the work will get done for free. It will not.

* Newspapers were a nice business. Publishers could make the product insanely cheap (remember the penny press), and the advertising would cover the expenses, plus generate fantastic profits. However, this is clearly over. It’s done. It worked for a long time, but now, like trans-Atlantic leisure travel in big passenger ships, it will never work again.

Rock on, Mindy!

Have a good weekend everyone!



About journalismprof

Steve joined the journalism faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in August 2007 and has been working to incorporate multimedia across the curriculum. Since arriving at UMass, Steve has developed three courses modeled after his multimedia journalism course. The courses allow students to work in teams in a newsroom-like environment where they work on packages -- using video, audio and photos to tell stories. He is also working with students on developing, a news Web site staffed completely by students. Steve has more than 25 years of experience as an editor and reporter for print and online publications, including 10 as an editor at He also edits part-time for with the NFL and college football network.
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