USA Today's newest reorganization plan would abolish the four traditional editorial departments -- News, Money, Sports and Life -- that have long been unwelcome "silos," blocking cooperation across the newsroom and slowing the pace of news production.
the Kelley Report found that Jack Kelley (left) had been able to hoodwink editors who failed to share information across departments about the star reporter's transgressions.
"Lines of communication running both horizontally and vertically among the sections (or 'silos') at the newspaper are palpably defective,'' the report found in April 2004. "USA TODAY operates more as four separate newspapers in four separate 'silos' (some staffers used the word 'fiefdoms') than a single publication. Communications deficiencies promote turf problems among departments."
The question today: Will this latest attempt at reorganizing accomplish what management failed to achieve before?
Related: Newsroom of Tomorrow, a 23-page presentation given to USAT staff last week
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