(EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated with impact on local newspapers).
In a move that could have a major impact on employment for various newspaper employees across the country and for local readers in Stark and Tuscarawas counties in Ohio, GateHouse Media, the owners of The (Canton) Repository, The (Massillon)Independent and (Dover-New Philadelphia) Times-Reporter announced this week that they will lay out all newspapers it owns across the country from copy desks in Chicago and New England.
The memo, leaked to a national newspaper blogger, doesn’t specifically indicate if the changes include GateHouse Ohio’s local media cluster of The Repository, Times-Reporter and The Independent, but sources indicate that it would impact various employees at those newspapers.
Throughout the country, copy desks need to have local editors. I’ve worked at copy desks where having a working knowledge of the local community helps catch errors in stories, errors that news editors haven’t caught.
Second, recent downsizing at newspapers leave readers with gaping holes in news coverage. Can newspapers today cover all towns and cities in its coverage area? I know it’s an issue in Stark County.
Instead of downsizing, I propose newspapers restructure staffs to include “backpack journalists.” These can provide updates throughout the day which can be posted online. The additional content from all areas can add a compelling argument for businesses to buy ads and for readers to pay more for extra content.
What do you think, would you pay more for content as a reader and would you be more likely to buy ads if additional hometown news content was available online?
LOOKING FOR A JOB – All Facebook had a tip of an interesting way to apply for a job at Facebook.
ATHLETES TO WATCH – Communications Pro had an interesting story about their picks for the ten most engaged athletes on Twitter. Here is their list.
When sending an e-mail blast, you have to be careful.
Instead, the newspaper sent the offer to 8.6 million e-mails on its list.
What compounded the error was when the newspaper tweeted that the e-mail didn’t come from the newspaper.
The newspaper did honor the discount at first before cancelling the offer.
A spokeswoman didn’t say how much money the mistake cost the newspaper in an interview with the Associated Press.
PHOTO MANIPULATION – When it comes to media errors, I guess this one from North Korea shouldn’t surprise me at all.
The country’s state news agency altered a photo from Kim Jong-Il’s funeral procession to take out several onlookers from the route.
When it comes to news, ethics dictate that pictures cannot be altered.
I understand that North Korea doesn’t follow ethics, but this should be a lesson to all news people to follow industry standards.
FACEBOOK’S TOP SIX – Do you have Facebook’s new Timeline feature?
One question I had with it was on the friends box, the site shows six of your friends.
How do they pick these six?
I found an interesting article on how Facebook picks your “top friends” here.
Five recent stories of interest in communications and social media.
– Twitter’s top 10 remarkable tweets from 2011 (via Mashable) http://on.mash.to/v74RiA
– Three ways you should be using e-mail in your business (via Manta) http://bit.ly/w4Czbq
– How to cultivate reporter relationships on Twitter (via PR Daily) http://bit.ly/uQYTn4
– Ten picks for the most engaged brands on Twitter (via The Pulse) http://bit.ly/vtFqlU
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– Manta helps small businesses navigate the Internet (via The Columbus Dispatch) http://bit.ly/stGA4h
One of the many great things about living in Westerville is how active city departments are on Twitter.
It’s a great way of keeping up with what’s going on in the city.
All-City news and information:
Westerville Parks & Recreation (program news, announcements, cancellations)
Westerville Electric Division
(outages, alerts and energy tips)
Westerville Division of Police
(public safety information, alerts)
Does your city government do Twitter?Follow @chrispugh3