As the Telegraph settles into its new integrated newsroom, a different view on combining print and web comes from Neil Chase, head of the continuous newsdesk at the New York Times.
He told the World Digital Publishing Conference (via The Editors Weblog) that the NYT’s print and online newsrooms are seven blocks apart. The time apart had allowed the web to grow and innovate in ways that would not have been possible had it been more closely tied to the print newsroom, he said. The two newsrooms will be coming together early next year.
Chase’s continuous newsdesk is an interesting concept which addresses the problem of newspaper reporters faced with the task of producing continuous updates for the web, and are then unable to develop the story as they should.
At the NYT they have six reporters and six editors on the desk who have the job of helping the rest of the newsroom cover stories. They post the immediate news on the site so that other reporters can focus on doing further investigation.
That sounds like a very good idea.