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Should your newsroom act more like a startup?

The news that Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes decided to sell The New Republic got me thinking about all of the established news organizations I've worked with in the past few years, and what all of them have in common: Like The New Republic, they're trying to become something else. Some are trying to become "digital-first." Or "audience-focused." Or "platform neutral." … Read More
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Need a newsroom resolution for 2016? How about reclaiming some expertise?

This business of choosing resolutions for the New Year requires some strategic thought. First, I need to select an area of my life that requires attention. (There are many.) And second, it helps if I select an area I actually can influence. (That winnows the field a bit.) How about this one, editors and news directors: Resolved: In 2016, your newsroom will … Read More
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Another downsizing? Here are 5 ideas for helping your staff move forward

Acknowledge that your newsroom has lost people. Don't pretend it didn't happen. (Photo by Deposit Photos) The note from management hit the bulletin board on a Friday afternoon. It was October 1981. The note said that in two weeks, 30 members of the newsroom staff of 150 would be laid off—a 20 percent reduction. Those interested in voluntarily accepting … Read More
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Newspaper Association of America goes with seasoned association executive as new president and CEO

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, left, and former U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Operating Officer David Chavern at the Rose Garden of the White House in 2011. Chavern will be the new president and CEO of the NAA. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) David Chavern, chief operating officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for most of … Read More
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'I can't ever unsee that:' Which unforgettable moments should a journalist choose to cover?

A version of this presentation opened the 11th annual Poynter-Kent State University Media Ethics Workshop. The subject of this year’s workshop, held on Sept. 17, was Journalism and Trauma.  Why are we here today? We're here today because the body of a 3-year-old Syrian child washed ashore on a Turkish beach, and journalists had to decide what to do … Read More
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The challenge no manager wants: Leading an organization through its grief

Jeff Marks, the General Manager of WDBJ, and anchor Kimberly McBroom (Screen shot, WDBJ) No manager gets out of bed in the morning expecting to have two of his staffers murdered. By a former station employee. On live TV. But that’s what happened to Jeff Marks, the General Manager of WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia. In the seconds it took … Read More
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Managers, use that 'You're a Fraud' voice in your head to become a better leader

Did anyone out there wake up this morning convinced that today was "The Day?” The day they discovered you don’t know what you’re talking about? I did. Fact is, I wake up on many mornings feeling that way. And I’m not alone. Whenever I ask a group of managers whether they ever start their day with a crisis of confidence, … Read More
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9 ways to make your feedback more effective

It's not just about giving feedback, it's how you give the feedback. (Flickr photo by Greg Anderson Photography)Newsroom managers who come to Poynter often return home with a new determination: To give their staffs more feedback. That's a good thing, because feedback happens to be what their staffs need most from them. Positive or negative, feedback is the fuel … Read More
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What journalist's skill do the best bosses employ? They talk with people.

Great leaders make the time to talk with their staff. (Flickr photo by John Santerre) When I look back at the columns I’ve written over the past 10 years, a consistent theme emerges: Bosses need to talk with people. That would seem pretty obvious, especially for newsroom managers. After all, journalists know their success depends on how well they … Read More
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Enough dieting: Try this midyear resolution to improve your leadership

It's time for a check up on your New Year's resolutions. (Flickr photo by Jeff Golden)Hard to believe, but this week marks the beginning of the second half of 2015. Six months have passed since many of us resolved to improve ourselves in some way—eat smarter, exercise regularly, spend more time with the family, stop reading email 24/7. How … Read More
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Making partnerships work: How a team of 50+ international reporters investigated and exposed the World Bank

Michael Hudson, a senior editor with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, was project editor for ICIJ's World Bank investigation. At a military camp in a violence-stained region of Central America, a Honduran Army officer informed Sasha Chavkin that he knew the reporter's itinerary – where Chavkin was going and the people he planned to interview. Read More
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Leaders, want to increase the impact of your decisions? Shoot for 'two-fers'

(Image created by Deposit Photo)The other day I was in the supermarket, critiquing the blueberries, when I noticed the price: buy 1 pint, get 1 pint free. That's what I call a "two-fer" -- two for the price of one. (I bought two pints.) Later I stopped by the local convenience store for coffee and another sign caught … Read More
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5 things John Carroll taught me about great investigative projects

John Carroll speaking in this 2003 file photo. At middle is Todd Merriman, who was the senior editor/news of The San Diego Union-Tribune, and Kathleen Carroll, right, executive editor of The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) When John Carroll visited me and Poynter in January 2013, he was a trim, vigorous retiree in his early 70s. So the … Read More
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