Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Media Term? "Go-go newsgathering culture"

"Go-go newsgathering culture" as in

...Politico’s go-go newsgathering culture has gotten a lot of attention over the years. Its coverage model is familiar to anyone who has ever cared about national politics. Overwhelm the reader with news items and informed analysis. First and most complete. When en route to the bathroom, never look up from the BlackBerry...The pace presents challenges even to seasoned reporters who’ve been on one beat for a number of years...

...Yet when you combine Politico Pro’s pressure for originality with Politico Regular’s factory conditions, you get a force powerful enough to corrupt an otherwise good journalist. . .You take a young person and rush them and put a lot of pressure on them.. . A former Politico reporter recalls the hours: From 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. in the office and availability via BlackBerry from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. “I would feel weird going to sleep before 11:00 p.m. because I would not be able to respond to my BlackBerry,” this reporter said.

The pressure, the workload, the whole culture...


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