Pam Johnson


Packing for a New Role

By Pam Johnson

I’m packing up my Poynter office for a new assignment. Physical files and books going into boxes are reminders of things done or discovered in a 35-year career in journalism – the last three at Poynter.

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The Next Top Editors

By Pam Johnson

Who’s in the wings, awaiting an opportunity to be among the “Next Top Editors” in the newspaper industry? Who is not there? How diverse — in all ways — are the editors who are on their way … Read more

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Editors Preview Plans for RNC Coverage

By Pam Johnson

As the Republicans head to New York for a convention just as scripted as the gathering staged by the Democrats last month in Boston, editors around the country are focusing their sights on key coverage areas for … Read more

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Inspiring Commitment

By Pam Johnson

Dean Baquet, managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, says touching the journalism makes his day. Indeed, Baquet and executive editor John Carroll are known for putting journalism first every day.

They arrived at the TimesRead more

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Leading Change While Managing News

By Pam Johnson

You know the problem. You’ve got a tangled newsroom issue that needs your attention – but you’ve got news to pursue (and a staff to manage) in the meantime.

How can you tackle such challenges as reaching … Read more

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Leading by Listening

By Pam Johnson

You’re a leader. Lots of people want your ear. You know it’s important to listen — so you make time as best you can.

The people who want your attention can be clever about meeting up with … Read more

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From Diversity to Parity

By Pam Johnson

In the 25-plus years of effort spent on diversifying newsrooms and content, inspired and dedicated leaders have kept the torch lit.

Journalists of color, their organizations, foundations, individual newsrooms, and news companies remain steadfast behind the ultimate … Read more

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Stretching in the Role

By Pam Johnson

“Play to the edges of the box.”

That was the advice Paul Tash, editor and president of The St. Petersburg Times, gave mid-level editors at a recent Poynter seminar. The editors were being challenged in the … Read more

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The Unforgettable Miss Bluford

By Pam Johnson

We often ask seminar participants to share stories about people whose values or leadership helped shape them. The stories inspire and teach us about leaders who make a difference in other people’s lives or circumstances.

One of … Read more

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Questions Prepare You for Difficult Conversations

By Pam Johnson

For newsroom mid-level managers, the difficult part of addressing a performance or behavior problem is often how to get started.

These managers encounter many situations that involve getting a staffer back on the right road. In more … Read more

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