A regional daily editor has urged reporters to “get out of the newsroom” and let others worry about “filling backend pages.”
She said that editors had previously worried too much about “filling the paper” and had fought too long against the introduction of templated pages
Nancy recently oversaw the introduction of a new Digital Acceleration strategy at The Star and related JPIMedia weeklies which will see a dedicated team handling the print operation and reporters focusing on breaking news online.
She told the conference: “Journalism is all about getting reporters out of the newsroom, that’s where journalism happens. We previously worried too much about filling the paper which meant relying on PR.
“Your job as a journalist is to go out…other people can worry about filling backend pages.”
Nancy responded: “I think we fought too long against templates. If you’ve got good photographs and good stories, I’ve never had a reader complain that a page one wasn’t beautifully designed.
“I wish we had protected the number of reporters. I would rather we had everything but we haven’t. We’ve got to work with what we’ve got.”
Nancy described her role as “fighting for our patch…and fighting for our journalists. They do everything that journalists use to do and about 20 things on top.”