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Monday, September 19, 2005
  CBC 92: You heard it here first....integration

The distinquished UK press critic Peter Preston has another interesting piece in The Observer, aimed at the UK print media about integrating with the internet, called "Press must integrate with the internet or perish."
He says " Online and newsprint are brothers now, umbilically linked."

And then he goes to talk about guess what--newsroom integration.
But integration? One newsroom serves all? So far, these are problems awaiting solution. The Guardian, like the huge BBC online effort, has two substantial staffs doing one thing or the other, not both. Problems of integration initially solved by extra resources.

And that is much the same story around the world. Papers that are supposedly integrated - like the New York Times now - still have segregation on the editorial floor. Other, smaller operations mix digital, print, TV and broadcast in a bran tub that gives time for everything but finding original stories.

Well it's too bad Mr. Preston can't visit the CBC at the moment, (perhaps Tony should invite him in a couple of weeks or months depending...)

Let's say this for our locked-in middle managers (not the blind blinkered SMC) they have been tackling the problem for the past few years and, largely, succeeding.

And since the lockout, as all of us on the outside now know, we are more intergrated than ever. (Perhaps we should say "Podcast or perish" instead of publish or perish??)

But Preston has one strange comment in his column:
Sometimes, perversely, as in areas of Canada, the law insists on keeping print and digital newsgathering for the same organisation miles apart.

I've never heard of that. Has anyone? (Let me know and I'll post it)

And he also quotes Jon Donley, the New Orleans Times-Picayune's editor on their heroic efforts to get first an online edition and later a print edition out after the ravages of Katrina

"Reporters are seeing they can get their story in and have news [on the web] at the same time as the TV news. But this has thrown out all the rules. I don't think there's anybody at the paper who doesn't see us as a close ally..."

Isn't that what we've been doing for the past few years?

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