"There were many cases in which local newspapers set up internal online groups that operated independently. Several years ago, a Borrell report showed a strong correlation between that organizational form and revenue performance. But it's not as simple as that. Correlation is not causation. I would argue that the organizations that used that structure had an intent that was missing from most of the newspaper industry at that time. They simply intended for their Web operations to succeed. The rest of the industry didn't really give a rat, and it showed."
"[As] newsrooms combine online and print operations into single entities, power struggles are brewing among many in charge. More and more as these unifications occur, it's the online side that's losing authority. Like [Jim Brady at the Washington Post], online supervisors nationwide are seeing their resources — and influence — shrink as the staffs unite. Many say the Web site must be able to offer a different approach, more new ideas and risks, and options that the print edition can't even consider."
Danny Sanchez: "Major news organizations are beginning to merge their print and online operations, which means print-edition journalists will increasingly double up on their duties and transition over to the web site, becoming full-fledged online producers with many of the basic skills to match. ... So where does that leave the steadfast web producer, whose exclusive keys to the online house are being duplicated like a $2 locksmith stand at a Home Depot on Saturday?"
Peter Preston: "The two [online] front-runners [Guardian and Telegraph] have ploughed huge money into development and integration, bringing newsrooms and journalist teams together to mount a powerful, constantly updated service. But where's the Times in all this?"
"The Washington Post's Web editor, James Brady, is prepared to merge his online newsroom with the Post's main newspaper staff once incoming executive editor Marcus Brauchli takes over."
"When we journalists talk about integration we generally mean, integrating print and online activities. But the true integration comes online itself. The integration between journalists and citizens."
Der Spiegel refuses to rule out print-online integration...
"Guardian News & Media is looking to enroll all 800 of its staff journalists on a voluntary 'digital awareness programme' ahead of the publisher's move to a new 24/7 integrated newsroom this autumn."
"The scrum for control of the Washington Post’s future ... shuffles back and forth across the Potomac River. Priest, Hull, and hundreds of other Post editorial types work downtown. Their dot-com associates, meanwhile, do their biz in ... Arlington..."
"These might be some of the first pictures on the web showing off the Financial Times's new newsroom and the hub, which is triangular of sorts."
On integration done on the cheap: "it turns reporters into residual processors, it also carves the heart of our trade. Reprocessing didn't bring us last week's Mail on Sunday scoop about Labour funding. Reprocessing can't cover wars or dive into foxholes.
"And here is one key pillar of Mecom's European strategy: the notion that all journalists have to be able to work across different media. ... This idea may be old hat to Brits but it is a big step in Germany, where two of the biggest newspapers ... still
The BBC integrates is newsrooms: The corporation's Radio News, News Interactive and TV News departments "are no more. Instead we have a new system that allows the great strengths of each of our editorial areas..."
"Eighteen months after the [Lancashire Evening Post] became the UK’s first fully convergent regional newsroom, editor Simon Reynolds has hailed the development as a great success." LEP web traffic was up to 300K uniques in October.