So for help, we reached out to editors and critics who have vigorous, passionate journalism in their blood, and look who we got: Susan Brenneman from the L.A. Times, Laurie Ochoa of Slake, Dominic Papatola from the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune, and Howard Shapiro of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Add to this jaw-dropping “edit me!” staff the talents of USC’s Edward Lifson, L.A. Weekly’s Steven Leigh Morris, Suzi Steffen from the University of Oregon … and even more wonderful folks who tossed more ideas into the air than we could possibly catch.
I learned so very much, but two things stand out. In the new newsroom, “digital” and “editorial” aren’t resentful experts chained together, but equal partners in creativity. And because we challenged and inspired one another during these exciting and exhausting 18-hour workdays, something wonderful happened: we strangers became a team.
For that, my grateful thanks.