Posted on October 26, 2009 in General Interest
The SNA Foundation has sponsored three NewsU e-learning modules to help editors
and their newsrooms make the transition to multi-media publishing: Leading an Online
Newsroom: What You Need to Know, Build and Engage Local Audiences Online and Layout
Driven Editing: A Seminar Snapshot. These are FREE of charge, thanks to the SNA
Foundation and a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and already
over 2,000 suburban and community journalists have already taken these interactive,
self paced and relevant courses — enroll today and start learning. Many editors
are using the courses as training tools with staff. Learn more
By Deb Shaw
In a recent post on SNA’s editorial forum, I asked “What are some of the challenges
that editors are facing when it comes to managing an online newsroom?” An editor
from Maryland posted a summary of challenges that seem fairly universal:
1. Getting old print reporters to follow a 15-minute deadline.
2. Staying on top of breaking news while maintaining the integrity of the facts.
3. Competing with the blogs and local news Web sites that will throw up any old
press release in minutes, while we're still on the phone trying to confirm information
and build on the release.
4. We're striving, like everyone else, to find ways to keep from giving everything
away when we're a paid publication. It seems like a losing battle.
Let’s go in order to discuss some of the solutions that peers have discussed in
webinars, in the NewsU e-learning courses that the SNA Foundation have sponsored
and in response to direct inquiries about overcoming these challenges.
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