This seems like a great idea:

USA Today is combining its online and print newsrooms, the paper announced Monday, bringing the daily’s 75 Web news staffers under a newsroom that will include 500 editorial employees.

“The goal in combining the two newsrooms is to create a single 24-hour news organization that will inform and engage readers on multiple platforms,” USA Today Editor Ken Paulson said in a statement announcing the move. “That means going beyond arm’s-length collaboration. Starting today our goal is to begin conceiving and planning our coverage as one unit, thinking more strategically about the deployment of our newsgathering resources in a world in which news has become an on-demand commodity.”

I’m sure we’ll look back at this era as a oddity. Imagine explaining to young reporters that we used to file our stories at 2 p.m. and wait until midnight for them to post to the Web.