The accelerated shift to digital news delivery has exposed fundamental differences between Post journalists rooted in print and those oriented to new media. The divide has grown with an influx of new employees, many with little or no experience in actual newsgathering. Among new hires in the newsroom this year, those working online in producing and editing roles far outnumber those hired for traditional newsgathering.
“We have a new mix of skills in the newsroom,” noted Peter Perl, the assistant managing editor for personnel who heads a group designing the training sessions. “The Web has presented questions about how the old standards apply” online, he said, and the training will offer guidance on “what’s usable and under what circumstances.”
Those are key questions as news consumption habits rapidly change. In a book released last week, veteran journalists and media experts Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel cite research showing that “six in ten of those [reading] online get news assembled for them by aggregators” who provide links to multiple sources. In “Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload,” they argue that for quality journalism to thrive, news organizations such as The Post must “help authenticate for us what facts are true and reliable.”