Separated Work

News reports have come in saying that the Miami Herald is to permanently shut down its office and all staff are to work from home.

Presumably the building administration staff will not be working from home as there’s no building to administer.

For the front line journalism staff, they will be able to work from home, but will it be as good as working in an office?

For a group of people who rely on picking up stories (something not confined to journalism) it’s hard to see how this will be just as good as before. Those serendipities of the physical workplace where chance encounters in hallways lead to exchanges of ideas and insights no longer have an opportunity to occur.

For news organisations in particular, with no office and no physical product, it faces a murky future.