So, we’re going to try this.
Missourian editors met today and it seems we have some basic agreement that it’s worth trying the print isolation model. This is the model Middletown experimented with, with some success, and it’s the “Full Van Dam” we’ve been discussing here and in person. At the meeting, I offered some thoughts on how isolating print production from the rest of our work might happen, as well as some thoughts on how our copy editors’ jobs might evolve as many of them lose their print responsibilities and, instead, take on emerging web production work. There were handouts:
- Here’s the “broad strokes” version of the nascent plan.
- Here are some thoughts about the work of the new interactive copy editors (ICEs, they were quickly dubbed).
It remains to the rest of the summer to flesh out this plan. The conversation continues.