I don’t write for print anymore

By Steve Outing

My name popped up in this article on The Editors Weblog, so I read the piece, which is about the idea of better integrating print and online newsrooms. This excerpt caught my eye:

The reality is that these two media have ingrained differences, and cannot necessarily be mastered instantaneously. For some print journalists, the switch to online is not automatic. Call them crusty, call them Luddites, but there are a large number of print journalists who are just not comfortable with the idea of multimedia. And there are young Internet go-getters who are not comfortable with print!

It occurred to me that I am no longer comfortable with print — though I’m far from young. Indeed, I haven’t been comfortable with print for a long time. Sure, I still read some print magazines, and I still scan the local (printed) newspaper most mornings. But when it comes to working for a print publication, or writing for one … well, I can no longer imagine it.

I started writing for an online publication in 1994, so I probably realized the importance of Internet media before most journalists. But I noticed as the years rolled by that I became less and less interested in writing for print. I’ve long felt that online was where it was at, and I was waiting for the world to catch up.

It’s funny, but I actually feel like writing for a print publication would be a step backward in my career. That probably still puts me in a minority, but I wonder if any other journalists feel this way?

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!

6 Responses to "I don’t write for print anymore"

  1. Amy Gahran
    Amy Gahran 10 years ago .Reply

    Hi, Steve

    Good question. Personally I wouldn’t have a problem with writing for print, but it’s not my first choice, and I would probably only do it if I could augment it effectively with online media and point people to that.

    Part of my work is creating white papers though, and although they’re generally distributed online, readers usually print them out for reading. So those have to work well as both online and print documents, and usually are packaged as pdfs for that reason.

    – Amy Gahran

  2. Amy Gahran
    Amy Gahran 10 years ago .Reply

    Hi, Steve Good question. Personally I wouldn't have a problem with writing for print, but it's not my first choice, and I would probably only do it if I could augment it effectively with online media and point people to that. Part of my work is creating white papers though, and although they're generally distributed online, readers usually print them out for reading. So those have to work well as both online and print documents, and usually are packaged as pdfs for that reason. – Amy Gahran

  3. Howard Owens
    Howard Owens 10 years ago .Reply

    I’ve known old journalists who have adapted very nicely to online, and young print journalists who are completely resistant to online reporting.

    It’s not always an age thing.

  4. Howard Owens
    Howard Owens 10 years ago .Reply

    I've known old journalists who have adapted very nicely to online, and young print journalists who are completely resistant to online reporting. It's not always an age thing.

  5. Paul Conley
    Paul Conley 10 years ago .Reply

    The idea of working for a print-only publication seems primitive now. I can’t imagine taking such a gig. Not only would it feel like a step backward, it would feel like career suicide.
    And I’m 47-years old.

  6. Paul Conley
    Paul Conley 10 years ago .Reply

    The idea of working for a print-only publication seems primitive now. I can't imagine taking such a gig. Not only would it feel like a step backward, it would feel like career suicide. And I'm 47-years old.

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