Jeff Jarvis’ old phrase, Do what you do best and link to the rest, is misunderstood sometimes for Dump everything onto your site. Running a news website is hard and the hardest part may be keeping focused.
My biggest gripe with news sites is that they produce things that I know took way too much time out of journalists’ already strained schedules. For instance, why is any site doing movie reviews in the age of Rotten Tomatoes or even Twitter? (Note: Guys like Roger Ebert have earned their place and will never be replaced. Your weekend sports guy does not double as a Roger Ebert.)
Think of the things you’re spending too much time on. Maybe you’re rewriting press releases (why?) or “writing your own versions” of stories your competition already did (if there’s no fundamental difference between the two, again, why?). Now think of how much better you could be doing the things you’re actually good at if you cut out all the crap.
Streamline. Focus. Stick to what you do best.