Me? Not so much.
I know it’s a big deal that an extravagantly large news organization has announced they’re going to blow up the newsroom, re-imagine it as an “information center,” and start calling the editors the “Digital” desk, but frankly, I’ve seen good memos and earnest plans for radical online development before.
If Gannett wants to successfully execute on this plan, the company needs to do more than hand out new business cards and blogs to everyone in the newsroom.
It’s going to take freshly-trained employees who know their way around the tools of multimedia, content management systems, and how to evangelize in the newsroom. It’s going to take a sea-change of attitude in some papers, and it’s going to take time.
So, I’ll save my excitement about this until I see a handful of papers make the switch with a positive outcome. If they can successfully reconfigure themselves, still get the morning paper out, and keep the troops happy, I’ll be taking notes the whole way. (Did I hear that Fort Myers is one of the pilot projects? Hard to tell from the Web site. Lots of content, but I can’t see the organization behind it from this side of the screen.)
Disclosure: No, I don’t work for a Gannett paper, but I’d love to hear from folks who do. Drop a comment or an e-mail, and let me know what you think of the Information Center talk.
[UPDATE: Joe Strupp at E&P has reaction from three Gannett editors running on the new model.]