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When newsroom budgets are cut--as we've seen in the past several years--certain expenses just seem to get the ax first. Travel expenses. Support for enterprise reporting. Employer-paid memberships in journalism organizations (as you can imagine, this is one we hear a lot about).
Another thing that is usually quick to be cut from the budget is employee training. In 2002, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation funded a survey of reporters and editors and found that one in three journalists were unhappy with the training available in their newsrooms. Complaints about training topped complaints about salaries, promotions and job security.
But news executives …