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On the new newsroom

I wrote a column for Monday’s Media Guardian about changes in the newsroom, based in part on this post.

They asked for a pegged to the merger of the print and online newsrooms at The New York Times. I made it clear that I’m consulting for The New York Times Company and couldn’t comment specifically on that news (as I said here, I don’t know anything specific). So I wrote a generic piece about the state of newsrooms and we included the obvious disclosure at the end of the piece. On Friday, after the section went to press, it occurred to me that the disclosure wasn’t full enough. Though it was clear that what I was saying was generic and not about The Times or any specific newsroom, the line at the end should have said I was working with but was not involved in the paper’s newsroom, just to be triply clear. The change has been made online.

So that made me realize that I should put a fuller full disclosure on this site, which I added to my about page. Go take a look and tell me what I’m missing (as I’m sure you will).

: SPEAKING OF CHANGE IN NEWSROOMS: See this job listing from Knight Ridder:

Director, Digital News Developmenet

This position will help lead and support transformational change on the websites and in the newsrooms of the nation’s 2nd-largest newspaper company. In the 27 markets where Knight Ridder Digital operates sites, editors increasingly are demanding cross-platform skills for creating and packaging compelling, innovative, interactive news and other locally relevant content. This position will provide leadership, training, communication and recommendations as KR editors transform their newsrooms to meet the needs of their changing audience.

The successful candidate will have:
Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to influence and teach across a large, diverse organization
The desire to drive transformational change for a major national media company
Extensive online and related digital experience with content development and programming
Familiarity with the culture, organization and operations of newspaper newsrooms of all sizes
Familiarity with online publishing tools and technologies, such as HTML, Flash and online audio/video production

The position reports to Knight Ridder Digital’s VP/Content and Local Operations. Working with KRD’s executive news editor, local digital managers and newsroom editors, this position will:

Create and implement training programs for online reporters, editors and producers
Identify and drive the adoption of best practices in online content creation and packaging
Develop and manage systems for measuring and evaluating progress in multiple newsrooms
Document and communicate initiatives via intranet and other systems across the organization.

In short: News revolutionary needed. [via Paid Content]

: LATER: Guardian link was broken. Fixed now.

Meeting at the fringes

Driving into a criminally early meeting this morning, I listened to Sen. Rick Santorum on NPR flogging his book — and flogging Hillary Clinton and liberals in the other sense of the word. His interviewer says that in It Takes a Family, Santorum attacks big government, big media, big entertainment, big universities and big business. Santorum says, taking off on his fellow senator’s book:

They say that ‘it takes a village’ but really what their ideology is based around is the individual. We understand that the basic unit of society is the family, that the individual needs to be nurtered and supported and molded and shaped through this family structure, through the real village, which is the church, the community organizations….

Sounds like a village to me.

But what’s interesting here is the talk — from both sides — about molding people.

Santorum goes on — listen up bloggers — to attack libertarians:

One of the criticisms I make is to what I refer to as more of a libertarianish right. The left has gone so far left and the right in some respects has gone so far right that they come around in the circle.

He’s right but not at all in the way he thinks. Stay with me.

Santorum continues:

This whole idea of personal autonomy — I don’t think that most conservatives hold that point of view. Some do. And they have this idea that people should be left alone to do what they want to do, that government should keep taxes down, keep regulation down, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, that we shouldn’t be involved in cultural issues, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world. And I think that most conservatives understand that we can’t go it alone, that there is no such society that I’m aware of where we’ve had radical individualism and it has succeeded as a culture.

Well, here’s the tasty irony to that: Santorum is trying to portray “individualism” as “radical” when I’d argue, and I’ll bet most of you would agree, that individualism — otherwise known as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — is the core of Americanism.

That’s not radical. That is the center of America. That is where most of us live — in let-us-be land. Santorum lives on the fringe, right neighborly with the PC folks who would tell us what to think and say.
Yes, the far right and far left do, indeed, meet at the fringes and that’s where Santorum is: They meet at trying to shape people and they only disagree about the mold — Christian or progressive — and to interfere in culture and language and in some cases business and in other cases the bedroom. That is the radical edge.


Now note also that Santorum is against something else that is essentially American in the conservative mold: big business (and big media). This reminds of me — dare I speak the name? — Bernie Goldberg. Go to his site and you will see a fancy show directed at Big Bad Media as the enemy.

What I saw that, I thought it was odd for a conservative: He’s looking for government regulation of and interference with media and busineess. I thought that government regulation was poison to conservatives.

Ah, but conservativism isn’t the thread that ties these guys — and their odd, mutated form of conservatism together: It is control. That, you see, is where these two fringes really meet: At the desire to control us, the way we live, the way we talk, the way we think. That is radical. It’s not true conservatism. It’s not true liberalism, either. It’s not true Americanism, as far as I’m concerned. Valuing the individual is American.


Watch out, too, for the internet in all this. The internet is the ultimate in individual empowerment. That’s what the internet is at its core: a way for each of us to do what we want and need to do. It is the ultimate expression of our individualism. And these guys hate that.

But who will pay me for suffering through Will Ferrell’s last three movies?

Sony just settled a lawsuit brought by moviegoers tricked into seeing a crappy film by a blurb in a movie ad from a nonexistent critic. Members of this classless action lawsuit can get a $5 refund per ticket.

When I was TV critic at People, I gave a bad review to some bad TV show and NBC pulled a quote out of context: I said something to the effect that it was an incredible piece of crap and their ad said, “Incredible! – Jeff Jarvis/People.” I wrote about this in my next column, complaining about the “NBC pinhead” who’d done this dishonest deed.

Now this happened to be during the development of Entertainment Weekly. And it so happened that my alleged business partner went to Hollywood for meetings to flog the idea of the mag. When he returned, I asked how the meetings had gone and he said that his meeting at NBC was with “the pinhead.” The biz guy was uncomfy. I said welcome to the world of church and state.

And Hollywood wonders why it’s shrinking. They make crappy movies and then lie about them. [via Freakonomics]

On the air

I’m supposed to be on MSNBC’s Connected Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, subbing in the blog report spot.

Today, I’ll be talking about the Olympics, Karl Rove, and Feed Lindsay.

: UPDATE: Now I’m not doing the blog segment. Now I’m joining in segments on Miller/Cooper.

: VIDEO AT 6:53: Ian Schwartz has the video from Connected.