I’ll admit it, I’m competitive.
If somebody is doing something interesting and innovative in our industry, I want to know how they do it — and maybe learn how to do it even better.
As a consequence, I spend a fair amount of my time checking out industry blogs, e-newsletters, articles and academic research. I am also a MOOC — massive open online courses — addict.
But as an editor of a small community newspaper, this can be an exercise in frustration. The Faribault Daily News is a five-day publication with a circulation of about 5,200. Our newsroom, including me, has seven people in it.
So, when I read about some really interesting, disruptive innovation happening at The New York Times or The Washington Post or even smaller community papers like the Northwest Herald in Illinois, I tend to shake my head and wistfully note, “If only we had the resources.”