An Anecdote about Editors and Technology

From a reader who wishes to remain anonymous:

The last journalism conference I went to was at PSU and it was for editors only. One of the workshops was on journalism and technology, and there was a guy from a Redmond, Wash. paper who was leading it and told his audience that his newspaper’s entertainment guide now had its own MySpace page and it was getting a lot of comments, critiques, blah, blah, and that it was really reaching the younger audiences.

A balding, middle aged guy shot his hand up: “What’s myspace?”

Every balding, middle-aged male editor (yes it’s a stereotype but it was a true one at this conference!) shared the same question. This was less than two years ago.

It’s going to take a new generation to make switch to technology-based journalism. And that’s… going to take awhile.

Sidebar: That conference WAS odd though because the stereotypical “editor” was there and when I walked in it felt like… I was a complete outsider, or the person that should’ve been getting them their coffee. One of those things you’ll never forget.


This reminds me of the new comment system instituted at the Albany Democrat-Herald, Lebanon Express, and Corvallis Gazette-Times: It would have been neat in 2002. Too bad it’s almost 2008.

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