I believe and hope we’re on the right path in the organizational changes we’re making at Gazette Communications. We’re getting some positive attention in the industry:
- OJR asked me to write and just posted a piece on what we’re doing: “News businesses must think about content, not just products, to ensure survival.”
- BeatBlogging.org will be interviewing me sometime today.
- Martin Langeveld on the Nieman Journalism Lab calls us a “news startup to add to your watch list.”
- Caroline Huber of editorsweblog writes about our changes (heavily citing Langeveld).
- I did an interview yesterday with Greg Linch and Daniel Bachhuber of CoPress for a podcast they plan to post soon.
- I just sent off a piece about what we’re doing to OJR.org, requested by Robert Niles. (I’ll post a link when he posts it.)
- Chuck Peters’ presentation at the MediaXChange was well received.
- Michele McLellan‘s News Leadership 3.0 blog praised our plans.
- Tim McGuire‘s McGuire on Media blog had kind words for me personally and made a flattering comparison to Outliers.
- Chris O’Brien called Cedar Rapids one of the “most important places to watch on the U.S. media landscape” in the NextNewsroom blog.
- I fielded calls yesterday from colleagues in New York and Florida, interested in more details on what we’re doing.
- Ann Michael described separation of content from product as a “powerful concept” in her Scholarly Kitchen blog.
- This recent attention is in addition to deserved praise Jason Kristufek has received for his leadership of the BarCamp Innovation gatherings around the country and for the continued interest in the News Mixer project a Medill School of Journalism graduate class at Northwestern University developed for Gazette Communications.
- I might have forgotten some other links. The calls, tweets and links have been coming pretty fast and furious.
All of this means nothing but ego stroking and eventual embarrassment if we don’t deliver in the executing of our plans. But a lot of people whose insights about innovation and journalism I respect think we’re on the right track. I find that encouraging.