If you want an idea of what it’s like to get news organizations to collaborate, try herding cats.
That’s how Tim Griggs describes it, anyway, and he would know. Over the past ten years, in big roles at The New York Times, the Times-owned Wilmington Star-News and, most recently, as publisher of The Texas Tribune, he’s spent a lot of time navigating what he calls the “sticky, complicated process” of getting big and small newsrooms to work together on projects. And while the process isn’t easy, it’s clearly worthwhile — even vital — for many.
“The tremendous financial pressure on the industry right now makes collaboration essential,” he told me. “Where you find resistance to collaboration is where you’re finding news enterprises hastening their own demise.”