The Convergence Point

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For the next week, I’m going to look at what makes a daily newspaper tick. Each letter, section, column, and photograph. This  series will focus on local papers, the services they provide, and how we can cut, clip, and streamline.

We’re walking a fine line as community editors, reporters, paginators, and ad salesmen, a line set between convergence culture, and total demise. We seem pretty content on hovering over the latter, wishing we’d tip the other way. This particular series aims to consider what a convergence newspaper looks like, and how it will operate.

Each of these should take about a week.

Here are some aspects of convergence  that I’m looking into, we’ve already dealt with social media and the web world.

Multiple media: Print alone won’t save us. Newsrooms have more tools than ever before, so there’s no excuse why we can’t tell stories in diverse ways.

Divorced “content”: People shouldn’t find the same words in two places. Make what’s in print different that what’s online.

Community engagement: A newspaper should be a community epicenter, a place through which people connect and take action.

Ethic: New model’s aren’t enough. We’ll have to change our very values in this world. That is, our commitment to quality, honest, accuracy, and service must take the front.

As always, let me know what you think.


Written by Steven A. Fletcher

April 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Posted in Purpose

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  1. ” That is, our commitment to quality, honest, accuracy, and service must take the front.”

    I agree and I think the newspaper ought to hammer that point home every chance they get because bloggers do not carry the same responsibility for fair and balanced reporting that newspapers do.

    I think an article about the importance to support newspapers for this very reason is critical.

    As a blogger I don’t want to cover the tax classification issues or when a politician messes up but I am thankful I have a newspaper that will.

    Joey C

    April 20, 2011 at 7:10 am

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