Tuesday, July 01, 2008

What's next? Another way for you to help us decide

In a comment last week, Jonathan said McClatchy needed to "set up an online repository for ideas, sort of like what Starbucks did when it solicited suggestions from customers. Give people a venue. Innovation will happen. It must."

Okay. I did it.

The "online repository" is a public wiki with folders and sections devoted to various issues we face. It's called McClatchyNext. Anybody can read it; to create pages/subjects and post comments, you need to be "invited" to join.

I'm easy; I'll invite anybody. There are instructions on the intro page about writing to me or my assistant for an invitation. I'd prefer people to register with real names, but it's okay if you don't. Use a webmail account as cover if you must. (The wiki is a McClatchy project, but we're always happy to have other smart people help us out). There is also an option to "Request access" on the initial login screen. When you first go to the wiki, the login is in the upper right corner and you should see this screen, on which I have circled the request button. Either an email to us or a click here should get you approved.

On the front page I wrote, "Obviously, this can’t work without community participation. I promise it will get read and considered and introduced into conversations here in the corporate suite, and I hope it will likewise energize and incubate discussions at individual newsrooms and between newsrooms, too."

We're listening. Please join in.
UPDATE: 33 regsitered users as of 3pm. Only 673 spots left; don't delay.


  1. Anonymous4:21 PM


    Very cool idea. Congrats & cheers. All the best,

  2. Anonymous8:16 PM

    How about making the product (i.e., writing) better?

  3. Anonymous7:00 AM

    What is the answer for anon526's questions about vision, Howard? Do you have no vision for MNI?

  4. Anonymous7:41 AM

    1. Hire more vice presidents earning $600,000, like Howard.
    2. Cut reporters.
    3. Cut expenses.
    4. Run wires.
    5. Hike ad rates.