This morning, the managing editor and advisor of the OUDaily, Oklahoma University’s award-winning student news organization, presented “Quit Talking About Going Digital First: Learn How To Do It.”
The title of this workshop really spoke to me, because I often feel as though ENN’s executive staff has been discussing putting digital content first forever, but we’ve never made the sincere commitment.
OUDaily’s advisor discussed the largest roadblocks they encountered during their transitions:
- Tradition — There is a sense of allegiance toward “the way things have always been done.” People are sentimental about their classic style, their name, office space, their copyflow, etc.
- Comfort — Doing things the way you’ve always done them is somewhat easy, not to mention safe. Taking risks is scary.
I think ENN has similar precautions in addition to some of the others they mentioned including a lack of resources and printing schedule
When I return to campus, I would like us all to take a moment to consider, “What does success look like?” The presenters stressed that, in order to overcome their aforementioned hurdles, they needed to establish a idea of where they would like to be.
— Meg Malone