They felt as if they were out there alone in digital land, under high pressure to get Web hits, with no training, little guidance or mentoring and sparse editing. Guidelines for aggregating stories are almost nonexistent, they said. And they believe that, even if they do a good job, there is no path forward. Will they one day graduate to a beat, covering a crime scene, a city council or a school board? They didn’t know.
Patrick Pexton, Ombudsman for the Washington Post, has written a thoughtful piece about the pressures that news curators face, especially at the Washington Post.