A few big themes…

This year continues to speed by. I’ll be flying to Durham, N.C. this weekend to huddle with The Chronicle’s board to clarify our plans going forward. The next step will begin right after that, as we write our first draft of the proposal that will become the Next Newsroom.

That has me thinking about big themes I’ve heard repeatedly from people I’ve talked to about this project. There has been unanimity on a few big ideas.

The Next Newsroom should be fully integrated, able to publish the news and reach readers on any platform they have embraced.

The Next Newsroom needs to be innovative. It needs to have the tools, the culture, and the people who are constantly willing to try new things.

The Next Newsroom should be transparent, and more open to embracing the public and making them part of the process. That transparency should be reflected in the design, the spaces, and the mentality.

Perhaps most important, the Next Newsroom should be a place committed to superior journalism, dedicated to fulfilling its role as a watchdog for the community, and providing independent reporting and analysis.

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