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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Economist says newspapers are getting it

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2006 at 2:15 PM

I feel like I've seen other articles recently about how newspapers are finally picking up on online trends. This one from the Economist — More Media, Less News — is a good one. It summarizes some of the latest trends, and offers some rays of hope for our struggling industry, though not many.

Here's something I hadn't heard before:

Gannett, theworld's biggest newspaper group, is trying to make its journalism morelocal. It has invested in “mojos”—mobile journalists with wirelesslaptops who permanently work out of the office encamped in communityhubs.

One question: what the hell is a "community hub" if it's not an office? Is it, like, a shack in the woods somewhere? I mean, it's gotta at least have internet access, right? Am I a "mojo," since I often work from coffeeshops and libraries and places that have wi-fi access? I prefer the term backpack journalist.

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