“All-platform journalists” at CNN

As CNN goes, so goes the nation?  We’ll see, but this report from TV Newser reminds us once again that there are jobs to be had if you can work in multiple media.

CNN has announced it is expanding its domestic newsgathering presence while introducing a relatively new title into the lexicon: “all-platform journalists.”

The all-platform journalists will join traditional general assignment reporters and CNN’s roster of show-based correspondents in 10 new U.S. cities. Those cities include Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Houston; Las Vegas; Minneapolis, MN; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Raleigh-Durham, NC; and Seattle. In most cases, the bureaus are expected to be located at CNN affiliates in those markets.

CNN says technology is making this expansion possible, even in tough economic times.

CNN uses lightweight kits combining cameras, editing and transmission technology (satellite and Internet) into a laptop-based system. The bureaus are being rolled out now, and could be up and running by the end of the year.

(Update: August 20) While it’s adding sojos around the country, CNN is cutting the staff at its Chicago bureau by 25 percent, according to the Chicago Tribune‘s Phil Rosenthal.  The job of Midwest bureau chief has been eliminated, so Chicago-based reporters will now answer to a boss in Los Angeles.