I had the honor of participating in a Twitter chat with some of the big names in newspaper journalism — Melanie Sill, Howard Weaver, Mike Fancher and Glenn Proctor. Well, actually, they were big names. We’ve all moved on to other things. Thus, the topic of the chat: Ex-editors on what they would do differently.
It was more fun than listening to an editor scream “Gimme the damn story!” at you when you’re 5 minutes past deadline. And now, it’s been Storified.
Sadly, my best line was one fed to me by GenlGreensboro that newspapers need more cowbell.
Seriously, the conversation was enlightening. I hope the journalists reading this will read the Storify link.
Lock the doors and hide your children. I am going to participate in an ASNE Twitter chat at 2 p.m. tomorrow. The topic: What would ex-editors do differently. (Besides laying off people, I assume.)
Joining me are Mike Fancher, Melanie Sill and Glenn Proctor. They’ll do the heavy lifting. I’m there for comic relief.
Normally, I don’t care for Twitter chats. I find them hard to follow, but that’s because I have a wandering attention span (read, short). This one will be different; I’ll be in it. if you’re in journalism, this is an interesting topic. I know my answers will surprise a lot of my former employees at the News & Record. For instance, “Whose big idea was it to make Monday and Tuesday papers so thin? I should’ve fired that guy.”
Tune in. If you’re not on Twitter, you’re behind the times. Time to catch up. You can follow at #ASNEchat.