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Want to run an effective newsroom? Don't lead like Donald Trump

It won’t be long now. Today, Donald Trump becomes “leader of the free world.” Might even be a tougher job than running a staff of journalists. It’s a situation that got me wondering: Should I be studying the President-elect’s approach to leadership? Could his style help the women and men who manage newsrooms and other staffs be more effective? The … Read More
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4 ways managers can invest their time wisely

In any organization, time is the most precious resource of all. Here are ways a manager can save time by investing it wisely with their staff. Make it clear to your staff what you want and expect from them. Give feedback on how their work is going. Get people involved early and reinforce your expectations often. You'll spend less time … Read More
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ESPN's Rob King on being a leader (and dealing with your email)

Rob King was in his 20s the first time someone told him he had talents beyond being an editorial cartoonist. He was management material. King, now ESPN's senior vice president of SportsCenter and news, clearly got the message eventually. But not at first. King is part of this week's 40 Better Hours project, devoted to explaining how journalists … Read More
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When change is a constant, leading others through it is a necessity

40 Better Hours is a Poynter project dedicated to improving your workweek. This is the third day of the weeklong series. Change is a constant in journalism and other information industries. That can be a daunting reality, especially when you’re responsible for helping teams make sense of shifting priorities and directives. Rob King, senior vice president of SportsCenter … Read More
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Just got a newsroom promotion? Follow these 3 steps to be successful

All around me, newsroom leaders are starting new jobs and taking on new or expanded responsibilities. I’m in the same boat as well, writing this just a few weeks into a new job leading news operations for Gannett and the USA TODAY Network. Earlier this year, top newsroom editors in Tronc, formerly known as Tribune Publishing, took on additional … Read More
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5 non-verbal ways to be an active listener

Leaders can help themselves and their staffs by practicing the art of active listening. Here are some non-verbal skills to help. Use good eye contact to show you’re engaged and interested in what the other person is saying. Use your posture and hand movements to convey that the most important thing you’re doing is listening to your colleague. Avoid distractions. Read More
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4 verbal listening skills when you're working with staff members

Leaders can help themselves and their staffs by practicing the art of active listening. Here are some verbal skills to help. Encouraging conveys interest, leading the reporter to keep talking. Don’t agree or disagree, but use noncommittal words with a positive tone of voice: "I see," "Uh-huh," "That’s interesting," "Hmmm ..." Restating shows that you're listening and lets the reporter … Read More
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The lessons of breaking news coverage can make your newsroom better every day

Ask the staff of almost any newsroom when they are at their best, and you’ll usually hear: When news is breaking. Why? Because everyone comes together, they'll say. Ideas come from everywhere and everyone. We try things. And for once, we’re certain that we’re working on coverage that our community needs. So here’s my question: If they know these ingredients … Read More
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CJR's new editor is optimistic about the future of journalism

Kyle Pope's journalism career hasn't been a straightforward exercise in ladder-climbing. He's been an editor at a daily newspaper (The Wall Street Journal), a weekly (the New York Observer), a glossy magazine (the short-lived Condé Nast Portfolio), and, most recently, a chain of eight hyperlocal weeklies in Manhattan. So he's jumped around a lot. It's a career that Pope, … Read More
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How leaders can stay focused on listening, even in a busy office

Leaders can help themselves and their team by practicing the art of listening. When you listen, you help staff members develop their ideas and skills, and help them do their best work. Every leader can hone their listening skills and become a better leader. The first step to wanting to listen. You have to believe that your team member has … Read More
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Poynter’s leadership academy for women returns in March

Mark your calendars. The Poynter Institute is proud to announce dates and details for the third Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. The transformative, week-long leadership program will take place the week of March 19-24, 2017, at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. Like past years, the tuition-free program is open to 28 participants and will offer leadership skills … Read More
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How to manage your reaction, and your response, in times of change

Change creates a mixture of anticipation, anxiety, uncertainty, dread, eagerness and fear. There is something important about these feelings. The words describe not the change itself, but how people typically feel when faced with change. Leading change is a matter of leading people. Here are some typical emotions you may feel when chance is announced and how you can manage … Read More
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Want your newsroom to collaborate? Help veterans and beginners learn from each other

The week of my 64th birthday began with an email from Ben, my editor. “This is too good,” read the subject line. No one recognizes a story pitch faster than a former editor. I braced myself. “There's a new sitcom about a veteran, decorated journalist managing a bunch of millennial reporters…. Would you take a look and let me know … Read More
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As financial uncertainty looms, how can you lead your newsroom through change?

The news hits you like a thunderbolt. There’s a corporate reorganization. An offer is on the table or, even more definitively, your company is being sold. Countless thoughts race through your head, not the least of which is, "what does this mean to me?" But you have even more to be concerned about. Whether you are a top newsroom leader … Read More
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