My old friend Ted Vaden interviewed the new executive editor at the N&O and wrote a Q&A for publication this morning. Some of what Mr. Drescher has to say seems promising, some not so much
Q Do you have longer-term vision, expectations, hopes for The News & Observer?
A When you look at both the short term and the long term, you have to think about how we're going to succeed online, and we have a lot of momentum there. The new triangle.com site is really innovative. It shows that we're not just a newspaper anymore; we're a news and information company. You'll see us putting a lot more databases online, a lot more useful information online, calendars and things like that.
From a news standpoint, you'll see us break more and more news online. Three or four years ago we were probably doing five updates a day. Now we're pretty consistently getting 30 to 40 news updates a day, and that will continue.
This is good news if the old guard at the N&O can deliver. Ryan Beckwith at the Dome seems to be feeling his way along and I'm mostly encouraged by his progress. It takes time to build a blog, and doing it during the heat of a contested primary season is probably harder than usual.