Its staff will be organized in empowered, cross-functional teams around the communities they serve rather than in production silos (a photo department, a copy desk, a circulation department). It will be nimble and able to foresee new opportunities to make and improve services.
So as the house burns, I’d take a few of my brightest and most inventive and give them the short-term task of rethinking the print product: call it The Last Redesign. I would follow Advance’s digital first policy of not permitting print editors to manage the new newsroom. I would make it explicitly promotional of the company’s digital efforts and of the audience’s efforts, too — honoring the best contributions of opinions or photography from the public by rewarding them with ink. I would assign someone from the business side who is, yes, probably not far from retirement to maximize cash flow and the subsidy to the digital business. If it hasn’t happened already, I’d obviously slough off printing and distribution hardware, real estate, and operations.