Stop the presses, while there are still presses to stop: The Arizona Republic's currently undergoing a massive reorganization, which according to one source at the Gannett McPaper will result in the administrative shorthand, "Online first, paper second." The reorganization will see the merging of the online and news departments into an Information Center, with all newsroom print staff being retrained in "Reporting and editing for the Web 101." As if that weren't humiliating enough, everyone in the online and news departments has had to reapply for his or her job in the last couple of days. (This "reapply" policy was also reported earlier today by KJZZ 91.5FM radio journo Marcos Najera.) The expectation is job titles will morph under the new paradigm, so that all serve the Information Center and its Orwellian needs. Leading the charge are Executive Editor Randy Lovely and his top hatchetman Editor/VP of News Ward Bushee.
In this Brave New World, The Rep will attempt to squeeze a dollar out of a dime by using a news team of 15 ASU interns to troll for suburban scoops. User-generated content will become even bigger for the corporate giant, with readers penning articles for newsdesks. For free, one wonders? Well, at least for less than it costs to hire actual journalists. Is Gannett hell-bent on beating print journalism into an early grave with a Podcast for every intern and eHarmony.com-type spinoffs out the wazoo? Seems like the print paper itself will eventually become a secondary entity that the suits'll be able to slough off like an old skin down the road.
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Remember back to November when the Rep slashed 31 jobs, 7-to-8 of them in the newsroom? The Republic can't be a very nice place to work right now. Jeez, how would you react if some manager-dildo came to you and asked that you reapply for your freakin' position? Before you answer, remember that Arizonans are allowed to carry firearms...