When it’s time to change…

Regarding the LA Times, wikis, and the future of newspapers… Jeff Jarvis in today’s BuzzMachine:

“I’ve sat in meetings with newspaper editors who earnestly think that the best use of internet interactivity is to let the people talk about what they have written, to discuss them, to keep them in the spotlight they built for themselves. There is no bigger institutional ego than a newspaper’s. Presidents and popes get humbled more often than editors. Well, at least they used to.”

Jeff must be thinking about daily editors, because editors at small weeklies – for the most part – have no such delusions about themselves. Of course there may be some big fish/little pond stuff going on, but not nearly on the scale one would find at a large daily. That said, his point is still valid and the rest of the article is certainly worth your time.