Chief inventor

I will confess that when I saw a new title for a newspaper exec, I got loaded the snark gun. But then I fired it at myself. The Chicago Tribune has just appointed an associate managing editor for innovation. And I’ve been arguing that innovation is just what newspapers and the news industry need most. The press release said Bill Adee “will help shape editorial Internet initiatives, prepare the newsroom for an increasingly digital future and spearhead the newspaper’s efforts to produce quality journalism online. . . . Adee will oversee a restructured editorial department merging the multi-media staff and the 24-hour continuous news desk and supervise all online news and feature operations.” I wish him success.

  • Garbanzo

    Maybe if newsrooms pull in people who haven’t been part of newsrooms to help their transformation, I’d call that innovation. Otherwise, sounds like masturbation.

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  • Robb Montgomery

    The paper had an all-star R&D ‘I’ team of editors (I for Innovation) 13 years ago when I worked there. It only lasted a few years but they have at least tried to give lip service to newsroom innovation before.

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  • Pramit Singh

    MAYBE THE TRIBUNE could not use the services if the likes of Rob Curley.

  • Eric Corl

    I think this is a great idea. This is certainly a new approach to research and development in the news room and I’d like to see it escalate to giving inventors exposure for new and innovative concepts.

  • Tom Kinnis

    Interesting article – a colleague emailed it to me a while ago and I just got around to reading it. I wonder what Robert Murdoch has in the works for his newspapers. Thanks for the great post. Tom

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