Newsroom managers have always needed to be good jugglers. When someone asked how I was doing, I often answered:
“I’ve got a lot of balls in the air — and I’m trying not to let too many of them land on my head.”
But listen to managers talk today about their daily challenges, and the juggling metaphor no longer feels sufficient.
Not when they say things like, “I’m just trying to survive.”
With more work, over-stretched resources and frequently changing expectations for themselves and their staffs, managers say their top priority is to get the website updated, get the paper out, get the show on the air.
Just get the work done.
Notice what’s missing from that statement: “Get the work done … well.”
It’s implied, you say?… Read more