When Meredith Artley started her journalism career as a producer for NYTimes.com in 1996, there was a distinct power structure in the online newsroom of the Times. The editors mostly came to the website after decades of experience at the paper while the producers were fresh to journalism–with more experience with HTML than reporting and writing. That was the case at most newspaper websites.
Earlier this month, that distinction was laid to rest when Artley was tapped by the Los Angeles Times to become one of the first of the digital generation to assume the leadership of a major newspaper website. Despite cost cutting at the Tribune Company, the news organization has big expectations of Artley as the executive editor of the LATimes.com. She is charged with overseeing an expansion of the online staff, a redesign of the site, the launch of new projects and integrating the print and online newsrooms.
Artley spoke to OJR from Paris, France where she is wrapping up her work as at the digital development director at the International Herald Tribune website. During the interview, she gave advice on how smaller news organizations can integrate their print and online operations, how to produce high-quality digital journalism on a limited budget and setting up lucrative tie-ups between news organizations.
Click on each speaker symbol below to hear Artley’s thoughts on specific topics (all links are mp3 format):