Wall Street Journal Gets Rid Of Its Research Librarian

from the what-are-they-doing-instead? dept

Apparently, the Wall Street Journal has eliminated the two research librarian jobs at the paper with no plans to replace them. The idea, apparently, is that reporters should be doing their own damn research from now on. I actually have rather mixed feelings on the news. At a time when newspapers should be focused on providing a better product to remain relevant, you have to wonder if removing research services makes sense. However, the question remains as to whether or not the position is really needed. This is not -- at all -- to suggest that research librarian aren't quite good at what they do and provide a truly valuable service. But, it is true that the tools for research have become much cheaper and accessible for anyone.

And, therein lies the challenge. If the WSJ were willing to replace the lost librarians with a crowd-sourced or "open" research process, that might be quite interesting. While not let the community help with the research? In many ways that could be a lot more effective and useful. But, somehow I doubt that's what's going to happen. Traditional newspapers still have this fear of tipping off anyone as to what they're working on until the "final story" is ready to go. So, they'll probably just remain as closed as usual. At the same time, though, why not create a more centralized "research" service that various news organizations can tap into, so that they don't duplicate efforts. By making more information more accessible, shouldn't it improve researching ability?
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  1. identicon
    Mac, 12 Feb 2009 @ 8:52am

    Re: Two Elements at Work in this Story

    Like I said, get rid of a vp and their 200K plus salary; they are usually useless anyway...
    But, it will not happen. That's because the vp's are members of the club; and you don't get rid of members of the club, daddy would not approve...
    Or, why go to Yale or Harvard? Aside from the sheep skin of dubious merit; that's where all the preppy rich kids go. The girls to find a rich husband and the boys to network with their other rich friends. That way when they get out they can all get together to figure out how to rip-off the middle class. Don't think these people don't think like this; they honestly think that they are better than rest of us and that because they are better; they are entitled to a life of privilege.
    Bull, they are entitled to nothing. And now that they have just about destroyed to economy they should get just that, nothing.
    And, they are certainly no better than you or I.

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