Wichita Eagle’s Digital-First Shift, One Month In

Last month, the Wichita Eagle reorganized its newsroom, affecting 50 of 60 staffers.

Most now report to deputy editor of digital, John Boogert, instead of reporting to a print section editor, reports the Knight Digital Media Center (which funded a leadership workshop in which the reorg was apparently planned).

Boogert reports to editor and vice president Sherry Chisenhall along with three other senior editors: a deputy editor for print, a deputy editor who “focuses on the news desk and production of both online and print,” and a senior editor for investigations.

The print editor’s responsibility is to make sure online stories are “tweaked, augmented or reshaped for the next day’s newspaper.”

“We clearly place print at the end of the process,” Chisenhall told KDMC.

Will it work? They’re only a month in to the reorg, KDMC notes. But if this change can create a more engaging online experience that people will pay for, great!