Must-read. The American Journalism Review takes a look at the reinvention of the newsroom and editorial process through the eyes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s (AJC), Politico, and others.
This summer, the Journal-constitution abolished traditional news desks and reorganized its staff into four departments. But only after a painful – but necessary and certainly mind-opening – process for half of the staff, which was asked to apply for new or different positions.
Of the four new departments, two are content-producers: the News and Information desk supplies breaking news and Web-first content, while the Enterprise develops original watchdog-type stories typically geared to the print paper.
"News and Information, by philosophy, is supposed to think online first. Enterprise thinks print first," says Shawn McIntosh, who holds the title director of culture and change (simply reassigning positions helps staff think in terms of change) .
The two other departments, Digital and Print, select content from the first two and assign it to the paper and website, with considerations of design and presentation.
The AJC now has neither a metro editor, sports editor, nor a deputy features editor. There is no single person who oversees the business section. Instead, team leaders from the content and from the production teams are supposed to meet and discuss.