First rule in old fashion newspapers: don’t talk about your paper or your editors.
Other will do it, but you better do your work and avoid self-promotion, self-propaganda and self-complacency.
Well, this is not what The New York Times did a few days ago with this embarrassing piece about the “Page One Room”
Jeff Jarvis is quite right in his blog when he calls it “an unselfconsciously narcissistic feature ”
As Jeff says, the Times feature takes us inside the Pope’s chapel:
“The table was formidable: oval and elegant, with curves of gleaming wood. The editors no less so: 11 men and 7 women with the power to decide what was important in the world.”
Yes, very much.
And, oh boy, the room is really cheap.
The “oval-shaped, gleaming wood table” looks to me like a big coffin.
But what about a touch screen table?
What about terminals for each one of the participants?
What about walls ready to hang print pages or more screens to track the news, including your website?
What about digital news walls?
From 0 to 10, just a five.
It’s an analog news meeting room.
And we are in the digital world.
The New York Times too.
Picture by Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times