Monday, 23 June 2008

Just how two faced can you get?

Striking staff at France's leading paper Le Monde are demanding that print becomes integrated with online as one way to save the paper from a wave of redundancies. Bizarrely the online offering, one of the few parts of the paper to make money, is controlled by a subsidiary.
"The first response has been to cut staff, when really what we need is a profound reflection on improving the relationship between the web and the paper, and the future of digital. That isn't happening," Michel Delberghe of the CFDT, the union representing journalists at the newspaper is reported as saying in an article in this morning's Guardian newspaper.
Why do I get the feeling that the journalists now demanding integration between paper and online are exactly the same people who a few years ago would have been arguing that the web was beyond their job's worth and insisting other people, in another office, did it?

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