The workforce of the future, journalists ready to go wherever the twists and turns of digital media may take them, are already here. They can be found in the newsroom.
Los Angeles Times Publisher David Hiller plans to mine the newsroom's print side for “a good chunk” of the people to fill some of the 100 spots needed for its latimes.com digital operations, Reuters reporter Steve Gorman wrote in an article Friday.
About 50 people from the print side are already there, even after recent buyouts, which reduced the news staff of more than 800 by about 40 people, Hiller said.
Newspapers today are still doing their best to churn out excellent printed versions, but must also compete online. Ways to do the second part better are to add more video to newspaper Web sites, Hiller said. To do that, the Times has ordered about 100 video cameras which reporters will use to collect more multimedia material for the paper's Web site.
“I think there's going to be a really excellent print newspaper for a long time to come, and we have to do more on the Internet,” Hiller said, according to the Reuters article. “In an era when the simple 'what happened' part of the news is everywhere, you have to do something special which people can't get (in) other places.”
However, he said, times of change in the industry are not without growing pains.
“It's very scary,” Hiller said. “If you don't like whitewater canoeing, you may be in the wrong business.”