How to get past the print-first mindset

(Original diagram from Alan Hoofring for National Cancer Institute.)

(Original diagram from Alan Hoofring for National Cancer Institute.)

Well, there goes one “grass is always greener” belief.

Newsrooms that want to adapt to digital ways can find that it’s hard to get their journalists to think about online until it’s almost too late — the stories are almost done, the photos have been taken, and then — oh, I guess we should talk about what we’ll do with this online. I had consoled myself with the thought that this was mostly due to the fairly lopsided bell curve of ages in the newsrooms I’m familiar with. The kids today, they’ll all think digital first, right?

Maybe not. After my recent series about newsroom leadership, I heard from Marie Villa, media advisor for the student newspaper at St. John Fisher College in New York:

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