Online news is well out of its infancy now, but the conflicting relationship between digital and print editions is still very much alive. Colin Campbell, editor-in-chief of Future’s Edge Online site, an adjunct to its stylish games mag, has quit after the company transferred editorial control of its content to editors of the print edition.
In a lengthy post on his new site Gamebizblog.com, Campbell explains how he resigned immediately after learning that the mainly US-facing site, whose staff are based in San Francisco, will now be edited and commissioned from Edge‘s offices in Bath, England. Two online journalists also left along with Campbell.
“Edge-Online’s new bosses claim they want to ‘integrate’ the online and print facets of the magazine,” wrote San Francisco-based Campbell. “I believe this to be an error. Although the Edge voice ought to be maintained throughout all its activities, any attempt to reshape a dynamic daily website in the image of a monthly print magazine is conceptually and practically highly problematic.” He goes on to accuse the company of old-media thinking as well as “rampant cost-cutting and ego-driven control mechanisms”. He says the games biz now gets its news via “lightning fast websites and blogs of phenomenal competence and editorial quality” and that “trying to view online as some extension of print is just plain wrong.”
Sure enough, Future today announces the appointment of two new editors “as part of closer integration with Edge magazine: the mag’s deputy editor Alex Wiltshire is now Edge Online’s editor while contributor Tom Ivan becomes news editor.
Edge’s publishing director James Binns told us in a statement that the company was “focused on developing the best quality content from the ground up that works well in print and online… That means effective planning and more flexibility in news gathering. The changes to the team that we’re making will put us in a stronger position to achieve this.” Edge editor in chief Tony Mott said the business would continue to expand its network of reporters globally.