Big Ideas – and big work

As you may have noticed – no News Day summaries for a few days! That’s because I’m at Poynter’s Big Ideas conference, and reporting on media issues from there. Here’s the latest:

Big Ideas mean big work for somebody – and in today’s journalism / recession / funding climate, that means killer workloads and impossibly long days.

This morning’s presenters at Poynter’s Big Ideas conference got some push-back, with questions from the group arguing that the workload required for multimedia, social networking newsrooms requires journalists in those projects to be “on” for 24 hours, always ready to respond to breaking news, in an unending 24/7 (or at least 24/5) schedule.

I know that’s true for small operations like the TC Daily Planet – but I am hearing that it is also true for major news operations that have a newspaper, on-line presence and on-line video and audio news delivery. Including readers – via blogs, Twitter and other social networking – improves the end product through greater interactivity and contributions, but it takes more time, not less.

What’s the solution? I’m not sure there is one. Now – back to hear from the Austin American-Statesman’s Suzannah Gonzales on her podcasts. If you want to tune in to the liveblog of the conference, go to Poynter’s liveblog or check out the Big Idea bullet points of the presentations.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s