Now That's A Commitment To Openness
Guest blogging for Jay Rosen, Spokane Spokesman Review Editor Steven A. Smith details some of the efforts his paper is making to open up its process to the public. It's further evidence that this whole "transparency" thing is more than just a passing fad.© 2005 CBS Interactive Inc.. All Rights Reserved.
"Transparent newsroom." Just another buzz term? I don't think so. Consider these examples from Spokane:
-- All of our daily news meetings are open to the public and we promote that opportunity on Page One several times each week. Those participating in morning critiques often remain afterward to talk with editors about issues that concern them. Invariably, we learn something worth knowing or get a tip on a story worth pursuing.
-- Eight citizen bloggers representing a cross-section of political and social views critique the paper daily in an online feature called "News is a Conversation" Staffers can respond to the citizen posts; so can other readers. This generates an ongoing discussion of our news coverage, including our priorities, core beliefs and daily decisions.
-- Perhaps the most interesting experiment will come later this year when we begin Webcasting our morning and afternoon news meetings, inviting observers to participate through real-time chat-style interaction.