Carl Sessions Stepp, senior editor at the American Journalism Review, went inside the operations at four online newspapers to see how the sausage is made.
“Most striking are two clear, probably transforming trends: a move toward merging online and print newsrooms, and a surge toward producing news almost around the clock. These changes may well revolutionize newsrooms, and they raise important questions. Who will produce the volumes of copy required? How will quality be monitored without the overlapping layers of editing? What will be stressed in hiring? How will all this affect the enduring and ingrained newsroom culture?”
Stepp found answers at the Houston Chronicle, USA Today, the Washington Post, and the Salisbury Daily Times in Maryland.