By Nick Jungman
We’re making plans to roll with this one.
Could we create some kind of gathering place where people could get together for some impromptu meetings? Sort of a mini lounge but something that’s not in front of a computer screen or desk?
It looks like we might have some room behind the reporters desks where the open worktables are now.
Just a thought. Often, new ideas come when you step away from a workstation. I can’t remember what it was called in the original sketches for our web-first world, but something akin to the crazy ideas desk.
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Why does sports get a section of its own? (Seriously wondering, not trying to sound snappy)
That’s a good question. I was envisioning that we just continue with a pod where Greg and Grant continue to sit with their writers (if not their editors). Seemed sensible.
Also, depending on how large the graphics lab is, would having a graphics person sitting among the hub or ices desk be better as opposed to a section on its own? Right now, there won’t be more than two graphics staffers per shift.
We can certainly have a gfx person at the hub desk. I’m going to create a single non-print image for the newsroom that has CS5 and all the browsers you could ever want on it. But I think it’s worth it to have a designated graphics spot. I’ll move your PC out there.
Mary, would you have the potential for more? Or is two desks all you need? Also will need to have the PC available — is it good to assume it should be next to those desks, or does it matter?
The graphics staff total is at 8 for the fall, and I try not to stock too many on one day just so that there is someone available throughout the week.
So the probability for more seems unlikely this fall; in general, it’s possible, but no more than four.
And the PC is used primarily by the graphics office for ArcView. Is it necessary to have it out in the newsroom? I was thinking it might go best in my office since I use it primarily to convert mapping files. But if there’s a stronger case for it out in the newsroom, that’s fine too.
That pod can also be overflow for sports and anyone else. It’s not necessarily an exclusive space.
What do we mean by “multimedia lab” here (where graphics has been in the past)? It sounds like a quiet space for editing video and such, but I didn’t see any computers marked in there, so I thought I’d check.
There would be computers in there. But it’s a vague idea right now, Justin.
I’m sorry to see in this draft sketch that the “photo bubble” will remain intact. I have read all the comments on the first proposal and am more convinced than ever that we haven’t pushed far enough in destroying the distinctions between journalists — that is, photo-defaulting journalists and print-defaulting journalists. I know this is a wildly unpopular point of view, but I honestly think that we ill serve all of our students by allowing them to think of themselves as “different” from one another on the basis of whether they are more likely to use words or images. In looking at what’s happening in our industry, I dislike that our newsroom reflects an anachronistic organization of work. Reporters and photographers should be working side by side more than ever, and collaboratng better than ever. That’s the reality of the industry.
Katherine, I think this idea isn’t dead — just on hold. As Tom said, it’s just not possible to move forward until the new photo director is at the table.
I very much agree with your basic point.
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