Jun 6, 2008

Cramming sessions

In the wake of the Zell-Michaels memo bomb, San Jose Mercury News Editor Dave Butler - formerly of the LA Daily News - delivers a memo of his own (via Romenesko). He has some helpful advice for the wordsmiths on his staff, given the rising price of newsprint:

It has never been more important than it is today for all reporters and editors to demonstrate their outstanding writing and reporting skills by cramming the same information – or what's essential for the story -- in less space.

As reporters go about the job of squeezing more information into less space, they can rest assured there will be no more layoffs, probably:

We are doing all that we can to limit any newsroom staff reductions to attrition. So far, so good, though I can make no promises.

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