Editors, and how bad ones are ruining the newspaper business
I initially was impressed by the revamped Flint Journal/MLive website because it looked much better and less cluttered than the old version.The site, however, is a horror to navigate. If I call up an FJ story to read, there's no apparent way to get back to the place on the story rotation I left. When I click "go back one page," I return to the top of the story rotation and have to scroll through all the posts to get back to where I left.Even worse, sometimes I end up on MLive's state news page and have to find my way back to the Flint listings. Frankly, it's not worth the bother.Of course, the No. 1 problem for the website is it continues to list the latest story first, regardless of its importance. It's maddening when you turn to the Web page during a big news event and the top story is a Rotary Club chicken dinner.
MLive’s strategy is about “pushing all your resources into your content. Which means investing in journalists.” He was brought to tears in East Lansing when describing MLive employees’ “amazing” response to the change: “I’m really proud of my people.”Are you kidding me? Seriously? "brought to tears." The MLive employees amazing response to the change is hardly surprising. A. darned glad to have a job and B. darned glad to have a job and C. no real long-term job experience so really darned glad to have a job. I wonder how he felt about the response of the employees let go before it became MLive.
Thoughtful journalism is a lot like everything else: You get what you pay for.
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