Good insider account of how the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is changing its structure to accomodate the Internet. From the paper’s editor, Julia Wallace
Our news-gathering operation has also been split into two groups, both of which will supply content to the newspaper and to online. One department of about 50 reporters and editors will take a more specialized approach, focusing on investigative and watchdog stories, personality profiles, narrative stories and stories that explain complex local issues.
A second group of about 170 reporters, editors, photographers and information specialists will focus on covering the daily news of metro Atlanta, with an increased emphasis on breaking news. If there’s news in metro Atlanta, we want to tell it to you first…
… As part of this restructuring, we’ve had to reduce the size of the newsroom by about 15 percent. So what will you see less of? In the past, we sometimes assigned reporters to write about national news even though it was available through other sources. Now, if we write about a national or international story, it will be because we can add some local element to it.
For example, we won’t go to Iraq to cover the war, but we will continue to send reporters there to write about our Georgians fighting there.
Makes sense to me. The staff cuts are needed because the paper’s bringing in less money from advertising. And nobody needs to read the AJC’s take on national and international news. Increasing local coverage should keep the daily newspaper viable in the Internet age.