editor on the verge

Online musings from the newsroom and beyond . . . by Yoni Greenbaum

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Should we write off Saturday?

December 15th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Today many of us will wake up and grab the Saturday newspaper as we shuffle into the kitchen for a cup of coffee. But in many cases, the newspaper we’ll hold in our hands is a sad representation of what we would normally receive during the week. Actually, if it were not for the inclusion of some sections from the Sunday newspaper, the Saturday edition could be slid under the door, given how thin it has become.

To me, the continued downsizing of the Saturday newspaper leaves me wondering if — given the increased emphasis on online reporting and continued falling print circulation — we really need a Saturday paper?

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A little recognition is a good thing

December 14th, 2007 · No Comments

So I’m proud to be able to share with Editor on the verge readers that snow storm coverage suggestions I made in a recent post have been included in the Dec. 14 edition of Al’s Morning Meeting. Now if you’re not familiar with that specific publication, Al is Al Tompkins, Broadcast/Online Group Leader at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fl. His Morning Meeting, chock full of good and useful tips, is a must read for all reporters and editors in the news business. If it’s not already part of your morning routine, do consider including it.

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Agoraphobics in your newsroom?

December 14th, 2007 · 2 Comments

I must say that I’m still surprised when I walk into a newsroom and see most of the reporters sitting at their desks, talking on phones and/or working on computers. As editors are fond of saying, the best stories are not found on the other end of a phone and, given the mobile technology that is available in many newsrooms, the only thing I can ask is “why?”

Why would you want to spend the day in the office? Why would you want to be tethered to a phone, waiting for the next story to be delivered to you? Why would you want colleagues listening in on your calls and editors eyeing you and wondering what you’re “really” doing online?

Wouldn’t you rather be outside meeting people on your beat and developing your own stories? Heck, take a source to lunch and (depending on your expense policy), let your company pay for your meals.

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Snow does not have to blow

December 13th, 2007 · 6 Comments

NOTE: I’m proud to be participating today, along with fellow journalism bloggers from around the world in the Carnival of Journalism. In addition to reading my post please visit the Carnival host site and see what my colleagues are writing about. Not sure what a blog carnival is? Check out this entry on Wikipedia. Now for my regularly scheduled post:

I don’t know about where you live, but today in New Jersey we’re expecting a snow storm, with forecasters predicting between 6 and 10 inches of snow. And in newsrooms throughout the area, reporters and photographers are pulling up their boots, buttoning up their coats and putting on their hats for a day of “exciting” weather reporting.

I’ve known my share of reporters and photographers and can tell you that “excited” is not a word they would use to describe covering a snow storm.They shouldn’t feel bad, because I can tell you that I’m far from “excited” about reading the coverage, because at too many newspapers weather reporting has become uninspiring and “predict”-able.

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