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Seward Leaves Nieman Lab For WSJ.com

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Nieman Journalism Lab assistant editor Zachary Seward revealed on Twitter today that he is leaving the Harvard-based journalism blog to join WSJ.com in New York.

The Wall Street Journal looks to be one of the few media outlets currently bringing on new staff as opposed to letting them go (except for its Boston bureau), and it’s currently seeking reporters to cover local New York beats. Seward told us he’ll be working in a newly created position of outreach editor for The Wall Street Journal Online, starting at the end of next month. We’re happy to welcome him to New York, but we’re going to selfishly miss his excellent coverage of the media.

Previously: Wall Street Journal Looks To Hire Local NY Reporters

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Back to the Future: Isaacson and Sulzberger on the Future of Online Journalism Circa 1995

crystal-ball[1].jpgZachary Seward at the Nieman Journalism Lab has dug up a 1995 transcript from a panel about “The New Economics of Journalism,” which included Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and (he of current micropayment fame) Time Inc.’s then editor of new media for Time Inc. Walter Isaacson. A few highlights (the entire 18,000 word transcript is here).

Here is Sulzberger on how the Internet might change the newsroom:

You know, newspapers generally offer a broad top-level view of the world to their readers, and very few get too deep into any one area. I mean, there are specialties, but it’s that — I suspect that the Internet, that this whole new electronic format is going to force us to create much more of a newsletter mentality. Yes, we will still have to play that essential role of offering broad news at the top across a wide spectrum of human endeavor, but that we’re going to have to get much more detailed, much more detailed, much more in depth in those categories that we think are important to the readers that we’re trying to attract.

And that’s going to add substantial cost to the newsroom. It’s also going to add substantial benefit to our readers, and I think that this, if the technology is driving us any one way, it’s driving us journalistically that way.

Which is fairly prescient when you think about it, of course you could argue that fourteen years ago no one could have foreseen that this transition was going to be accompanied by a historic financial crisis.

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