Newspapers hit hard by dose of bad news

“We’re going to become a 24-hour, local news-gathering media company so we can more effectively gather content and distribute it among our different platforms: print, online and mobile,” [Baltimore Sun] spokeswoman Renee Mutchnik said. — Washington Times

Reporters are reporting on how other news organizations are reacting to changes in the field of journalism. It’s an interesting time to be a journalism professor and student media adviser.  We’ve got a dedicated staff for the print newspaper, but for the past few years the last few online editors have worked mostly alone, shoveling the print version of the paper into a web template. We can do better, but to do so, we’ll need a staff that thinks of the news first, and then thinks of the best way to tell the story — in print or online.