Posts Tagged 'Chris O’Brien'

A Virtual Newsroom?

Duke University’s Idealab has an interesting post on the future of the newsroom. Will it be a virtual newsroom, as one venture capitalist suggested to the San Jose Mercury-News’ Chris O’Brien?

With all the problems facing newspapers these days–from Google News on one side to Craigslist on the other–newspapers are clearly in the future going to be more and more on a digital platform and less and less rolled up and tossed onto someone’s lawn. So will the newsrooms that produce the stories also be distributed and connected digitally? Many growing Silicon Valley tech blogs already run remotely with writers and editors spanned across the globe, communicating over IM and email, and rarely even meeting in person.  

The journalists at Duke have an interesting discussion going. Having been at a newspaper, I’d have to agree with those who say that there’s nothing like the camaraderie of a newsroom and the buzz of electricity that runs through it when a big story hits and everyone in the room knows it and feeds off of each other, getting that night’s issue out the door.