It is no secret the newspaper business is in flux, but we are not dying.
How we do our jobs in the newsroom is dramatically different than it was 10 years ago.
How we reach our advertisers is different as well.
The business model is evolving as we look for new revenue streams to replace the dollars we used to get from big retail advertisers, and that means are readers are going to be asked to pay more for the content they can’t get anywhere else.
What is also changing is our readers’ expectations, so we need to change as well to accommodate their desire to get their news immediately in a variety of different formats.
So when one of our editors announced she was leaving last month, we immediately reviewed what the newsroom needed and how to meet those expectations.
Our news editor was responsible for the page production of our newspaper along with two other copy editors. It was their responsibility to produce all our pages through a regional design center. The copy editors decide how the pages would be designed, which photographs to use, while crafting the final headline.
But what continues to be clear in the newspaper industry is that our digital product is continuing to be more and more important in our readers’ lives.
So with the loss of a key editor, we wondered if it made sense to reconfigure the responsibilities in the newsroom.
We decided to promote Online Editor Adam Colver and give him responsibility, not only for our digital operation, but the production of the print product and the E-Edition to allow better coordination of our news products. We hired another copy editor, Savannah Rychcik, to help with those efforts.
Ultimately, as the demand increases among our readers, we need to continue to improve the coverage of our digital news product.
What we know is that our readers are going to be expecting more and more from our digital product and our copy desk will be key in making sure that occurs.
Adam is essentially taking on a job where the job description will be constantly in flux, just like our industry.
It will be a challenge.
But ultimately, the newspaper is still going to be reporting the news and the stories of the people who live in our region.
That will never change.
That is important, and there will always be people who find that information invaluable.
If you haven’t had a chance, make sure to check out the new documentary on Glens Falls basketball icon, Jimmer Fredette, about his experiences playing professional basketball in China called “The Lonely Master.”
It chronicles Jimmer’s rise as a high school star in Glens Falls, to his rock-star status at Brigham Young University, to his struggles as a professional in the NBA.
It is a compelling and honest look at a young man who made a name for himself here in Glens Falls.
All you need to do is download the BYUtv app and you can watch the documentary for free.