AOL announced last week that Columbia Journalism Review Editor-in-Chief Cyndi Stivers had accepted the editorship of AOL.com, the company’s storied Web gateway. Wait a second, I asked the journalism-industry chronicler in a phone call Monday, aren’t news consumers moving away from home pages?
“Not that one!” Stivers said of AOL.com. “That’s huge. It’s still huge, huge, huge.” Under her watch, she said, AOL.com will help readers: “Save them time, make them smarter, entertain them a little.” Media criticism, she said, would probably not be a huge part of the home page’s offerings.
AOL readers hungry for meta-reporting can still visit CJR’s snazzy home page, whose flexibility Stivers cited as one of the accomplishments of her tenure.… Read more