Lucia Moses of AdWeek brings us the latest amusing anecdote in the slow death of newspapers:
Apparently, a team of the Washington Post’s best reporters had a secret meeting with management in which they fretted about newsroom cuts and worried about the paper’s attempt to transform itself for the digital age:
Over sandwiches around the dining room table, the journalists expressed concern about the loss of newsroom resources. Accounts of the evening that are making the rounds suggest it was hardly comforting to their journalistic souls. [The company’s boss Steve] Hills was said to have shocked with remarks that awards “don’t matter,” urged more traffic-driving slideshows over original Post photos, and compared the Post to Ohio’s Dayton Daily News, a paper with one-fifth the circulation of the 508,000-circ Post.
Smart journalists who immediately recognise and applaud creative disruption in every other industry are, once again, dismayed to find it in their own.
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