Okay, I should get out more, but AOL has made a bold move – and it has consequences for the industry.
Unlike the Guardian’s faux blog design, AOL has adopted real life automated blogs. Given the ease of publishing, journalists can now write, sub and publish their copy – without little or no need for production staff.
Doug Richard, founder of Library House (and yes, a former panellist on Dragon’s Den) recently suggested that more publishers may go the way of blogs to reduce production overheads. The move would course have serioues consequences for everyone involved in the traditional news production process – staff including sub editors, designers, technical staff and so on.