I interview Rob Malda (aka Cmdr Taco) on his new role as chief strategist at WaPo Labs:
Do you get a newspaper now? Do you expect people to still buy print newspapers in five years?
I subscribe to a handful of print magazines, but I read all of my news digitally. I see people buying tons more newspapers; they will just increasingly be buying them in digital formats. I’m looking forward to working with the labs team to figure out what those newspapers will look like, so that I will have the ability to see the words that the Washington Post newsroom will put in them.
Oh wow. That’s an amazing role for him. I actually work on the floor above WaPo Labs and have seen the cool stuff they’re doing already; he could probably do some great things in terms of considering how to add community to the overall strategy of the WP Social Reader and some of their other products. Clearly he’s already thinking in this direction. From the story: “We worked to create a unified voice for the site, but let the community guide us all along. Communities can be fast, but noisy. … Traditional print is more refined but slower. The best solution is in the middle somewhere.” — Ernie @ SFB