There are a lot of smart things newspapers can do to take on the challenges of a changing news business. As Kent Ward points out here, this isn't one of them.
No-edit plan is recipe for a lawsuit
But the thing that makes their cheeks go ashen, the train wreck waiting to happen, is undoubtedly the practice of allowing the new-age reporters to post their stories directly to the paper’s Web site, without editing — a blatant breach of newspaper protocol unheard of in even the sleaziest of supermarket tabloids. Talk about letting the inmates run the asylum. And talk about a media outlet setting itself up for a ripsnorter of a libel suit.