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?