But now I’m here and it’s time to catch up on some things I’ve been reading.
It’s an interesting sharing agreement since, as the article states, The Record and Star-Ledger have long competed. There were days back when I worked on the Web staff at NJMG, which owns The Record, when questions were raised why the Star-Ledger had a story on the Web two minutes before us.
But at the same time, many news organizations are already aggregating each other’s content on the Web. If another newspaper breaks a story, the other will link to the story. It’s an ongoing practice at NJ.com, which is the Web site for the Star-Ledger. Many of the local news Web sites, including Baristanet in Montclair and us at Patch link to stories of interest to our readers.
Sharing content is just taking the aggregating of content a step further.
Speaking of the Star-Ledger:
It’s not really that surprising that Star-Ledger reporters went from covering an agency to being its mouthpiece. Those reporters in some ways have an inside track of how the agency works and the issue it faces.
It’s also not surprising since the market for journalists is awful right now. Just look at journalismjobs.com for New Jersey and there’s only one job listing. I’m sure many are looking to go into academia too.
In today’s environment people are a little hyper sensitive about journalists working in public relations, especially for a company or agency that they once covered. But this is not unusual.
It’s an interesting list of trying to decide if a story is worth the time. It’s interesting that a news organization would even need to issue such a list. Don’t journalists develop a strong news sense? Shouldn’t that guide us? And isn’t that what would answer those questions anyway.
I do like the “Would my mother read the story?” question because I frequently tell young journalists to think about “how would you tell mom?” when they are writing a story.
Many of my fiction writer friends are struggling with today’s market. Publications are just not buying short fiction like they used to. But apparently it’s the micro, very short fiction that is selling. At least it’s selling on the Web. Tells you something about our attention spans.