Monday, January 23, 2006

Making Sausage

Say what you will about the newspaper business these days, but journalism students are certainly living in interesting times.
Take the new openness that's swept through papers. People are no longer expected to just read the thing, they're handed a cup of coffee, whisked into the conference room, and given a seat at the editorial meetings. Just look at the Times Union. Every Saturday we get a glimpse into the mind of editor Rex Smith, who this week walked us through the process and pitfalls of planning the Sunday paper. Not satisfied? Then point ye olde mouse the TU Editors' Blog, where William Dowd gives perspectives on how the paper does that thing it does.
I love this stuff, but enjoy it while you can. Someday there will be research that says folks aren't interested in how the paper gets put together, just in reading the paper.