‘The time for evangelism is past’

At the world Editors Forum in South Africa, Jon Landman says the problem in newspapers is no longer resistance — “the time for evangelism is past” — but instead now managing: resources, media choices, and such. He says the best thing to do is to put it in the hands of those who know best, the section editors [read: the print newsroom wins] while it’s the job of top management to handle the conflict between print and online cultures.

I’d say we haven’t arrived until we have a news culture, not cultures tied to media products. Can the current generation do that? Will it fall to the next generation? Is there anywhere near enough time to wait for that? Sounds to me as if there is still a need for evangelism and training.

: Landman also talks about the new CityRoom project at the Times here.