√ To examine status of multimedia journalism Primary duties of editors & reporters Future newsroom staffing Impact of multimedia on editorial product Additional training for Web publishing √ 970 interviews with daily newspaper editors 869 interviews with daily newspaper reporters √ Conducted by Center for Advanced Social Research of RJI in December 2008 & February 2009
Would you say your organization has a continuous news desk?
Status of CND by editors & reporters Primary reasons for not having CND √ Staffing / Small size of organization √ Budget / Funding / Resources √ In the process of converting to 24/7
Status of Continuous News Desk Do you operate your Web site & newspaper as an integrated product or … separate & distinct entities?
Status of Continuous News Desk Does your continuous news desk staff blog?
Status of Continuous News Desk Does your continuous news desk staff do other multimedia story telling?
How would you describe the primary duties of those on continuous news desk? Writing 73% 69% Reporting 65% 63% Blogging 34% 38% Editing 68% 69% Updating 72% 75% Taking video 48% 50% *Photos 9% 7% [Check all that apply] Editors Reporters
Most important priority of CND Breaking news 49.4% 46.0% Updating 10.6% 13.5% Accuracy 7.6% 9.1% Local community 4.1% 3.4% Timeliness 2.8% 2.9% Grow readership 1.4% 4.5% Speed 1.4% 7.7% Editors Reporters
Future newsroom staffing Field Question: Even though it may be difficult to predict, do you anticipate that the overall number of full-time editorial staff in your newsroom, including both print and online, will increase, decrease, or remain stable in the next 12 months? And in the next three years?
Future newsroom staffing in next 12 months
Future newsroom staffing in next 3 years
The comprehensiveness of your news coverage
Your ability to report with background information
Have the demands of Web publishing or CND increased … the deadline pressure you face?
Impact of increased deadline pressure on quality of news coverage
The emergence of the Internet has made journalism …?
Capability of newsroom staff to write for the Web
Importance for newsroom staff to receive training for Web publishing
What have we learned? Summary: √ Multimedia news coverage, including blogging, is now the norm in most newspaper newsrooms; √ More editors than reporters thought all the changes newsrooms have made in the past three years have helped the overall quality of their news products; √ Both editors (56%) and reporters (64%) thought the Internet has made journalism better generally;
What have we learned? Summary: √ Unique features of the Internet, e.g., breaking news, comprehensive coverage, background information, were well understood by journalists; √ No matter how formats change, journalism principles remain unchanged. “The Elements of Journalism” Bill Kovach & Tom Rosenstiel
Can you tell me … √ Why do you think that news on the Web is making journalism better? √ Why is it that the impact of multimedia journalism on depth reporting is less than on breaking news? √ What needs to change to make additional training for Web publishing more effective? √ The results seem to suggest that strong journalism is needed more than ever before. Do you agree?
Pam Johnson, RJI firstname.lastname@example.org Kenneth Fleming, RJI email@example.com Cristal Williams, ASNE firstname.lastname@example.org