News Department Vice President Kate Marymont has sent the following memo to editors of Gannett's 31 biggest U.S. community newspapers:
How can we create unique, high-impact journalism with smaller staffs?
I’d like to invite you to an editors meeting at corporate Aug. 16-18 to discuss this tough question.
A team of editors has worked for more than a year to identify how news and information for every platform needs to evolve. They will be sharing what they’ve learned.
There are many corporate initiatives underway to give local journalists the ability to focus on local storytelling -- the CCI rollout, the Design Studios, a reconfiguring of how we use ContentOne, etc. We’ll be sharing what we’ve learned and talking about helpful strategies.
The goal of the meeting is to support quality local journalism.
We will cover the cost of the hotel and meals during the meeting. Details on making your room reservations and other logistical information will follow in a separate e-mail. You will need to arrange and cover the costs of your own travel and send [XXXXX] your itinerary.
We will begin at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 16, and end by 2 PM, Thursday, Aug. 18.
If you have a conflict, let me know. We’ll need to talk through who would be a good sub from your site. I do want all of the top 31 sites represented.