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Public editors are disappearing in U.S. newsrooms. But abroad, they're more important than ever

When The New York Times nixed its public editor position earlier this summer, the move was met with a mix of derision and approval. Despite criticism from journalists — especially on Twitter — Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger stood by the move, saying in an internal memo that substituting an online reader center for an official ombudsman was justified … Read More
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Meet the 'cranky country publisher' who files lawsuits instead of tweets

At the Sacramento Valley Mirror, Tim Crews is everything. He’s the founder, publisher, editor and owner. He reports, takes photos and sells ads. The newspaper is so small that he even helps deliver copies when it prints twice a week. And you wouldn't know it by his blank email signature or no-nonsense tone, but Crews is also a controversial, bulldog … Read More
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Editors, don’t waste time reminiscing on the glory days

This is part of a series of Q and As with leaders at news organizations. I asked leaders to think about the challenges they face in their news organizations and to share guidance and advice. Whether your news organization is small or large, a start-up or more than 100 years … Read More
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How to choose an approach that resolves conflict

There are many styles of conflict resolution--from competition to avoidance. Experts say each of us tends to have a “default style.” Yet our preferred approach won't work in every situation. You need to understand each style, especially if you are in a leadership role in your organization, and when to use it. Here are five styles, drawn from the work … Read More
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7 questions to help you organize new ideas

You've brainstormed some ideas for your organization. Now it's time to evaluate how well they might work. The answers to these questions can help shape any idea: Are you willing to try an idea even if it isn’t theoretically practical? How dramatic is the change that the innovative idea requires? How quickly can management/staff adapt to this change? Should a … Read More
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The Cohort: Should women stop using exclamation points at work?

Welcome back to The Cohort. We’re joined again this week by Liz Plank, a senior correspondent at Vox Media and the co-host of a forthcoming podcast exploring divisions amongst women in America. The Cohort’s founder, Katie Hawkins-Gaar, returns next month. She sends her love. Thanks! Looking forward! You rock! Why do I feel the … Read More
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From competition to avoidance: 5 styles of conflict resolution

Experts in conflict resolution say people tend to have a “default style” -- a preferred approach that typically we rely on. Here are five styles, drawn from the work of conflict scholars Kenneth Thomas and Ralph Kilmann. Which one are you apt use, especially in difficult conversations? Competition: I generally value my goals over relationships. I see conflict in terms … Read More
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