Just as PW launches its news blog, the New York Times published a sobering article about the effects of the Internet on young journalists, who are apparently burning out after a couple of years of trying to keep up with the pace the Internet–and their click-hungry bosses–demand. The story mostly focuses on writers at the D.C.-based Politico, where one editor apparently paces the cube isles asking his reporters when they last broke some news.
The story goes on to describe a wall-mounted TV at Gawker’s headquarters that scrolls through the most-clicked-on stories–displaying page views and bylines–across Gawker’s blogs. These poor reporters are under constant pressure to get minute news items first and comment faster than the countless other reporters sitting in front of screens and updating blogs.
So, here’s a question–does this same pressure apply to the book publishing workplace in the Internet age? Do you feel like the Internet has engendered a faster pace? Do books cycle through quicker? Publicists, are you racing to catch blogs which themselves are racing to catch speeding news items? How have things changed for editors? Obviously those of us reporting on books work differently now than we did only a few years ago. But we’d love to hear any little thing you’ve got to say on this topic in the comments below.