Sunday, May 18, 2008

quality is as important online as in print

In an interview with Folio:, New Yorker editor David Remnick points out that quality reporting is an issue whatever format you publish in.
"What I care about most is not paper versus screen, it's depth of reporting, quality of writing, humour, the integrity of the magazine – all those kind of things."

To achieve those qualities online, publishers need to recognize that they need to pay writers fees on par with print fees, and they need to dedicate enough staff and resources to manage a site. Many sites – even those of large publishers – are edited by one person. When the expectation is that the online version generate more content than the print version, how does this make sense?

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