Naples Daily News reporters no longer work for paper

Deborah Potter reports:

“A year ago at the Naples Daily News… print reporters and photographers were all told that they no longer worked for the paper, says Phil Lewis, editor and vice president of naplesdailynews.com/Naples Daily News. They were all transferred to dot.com–which the company now sees as a kind of local wire service–and they file their stories first online. The newspaper staff is now 75 percent smaller, made up primarily of copy editors, designers and layout people. And the company’s approach to the news has changed dramatically as a result, Lewis told the Future of Journalism Jobs conference at the University of Maryland.”

Lewis said:

“In the past, hurricane planning was always about how we would get the newspaper printed. Where will we print if we had no power? Where will we move the copy desk? This year, it was about how to tell people what is happening in real time. Our readers will evacuate to Orlando, they’ll be in a hotel room online on their laptops and we have to get them information.”

  • Washington A. Aris

    Extremely interesting. As professor of Media Management, I’m very fond about local newspaper publishing.
    So that,I’d like to ask: How this currently e-paper preserves its role as a “community-related information square”? What about its readership, considering the variarity of segments? What about the evolution of advertising figures? I think it is crucially to keep pace about this process. Very good luck!