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If women lead, will more follow?

When I was growing up in Rockford, Illinois, the after-school ritual of snacking on microwave popcorn while watching “Gilmore Girls” was a sacred one. I don’t mean to invoke the cliché that’s so often trotted out by women my age in the journalism industry so early on this essay, but the series spanned a time period in my life (2000-2007) … Read More
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Lessons from women in leadership in Europe: Speak out, innovate and do your homework

At journalism school, a Serbian colleague was advised to spend time in the kafana (a traditional local cavern) to source the best news stories. At the newspaper she later worked for, editors would start the day with coffee and a shot of raki. Eventually, she left after she hadn’t been paid for three or four months. Her experience maybe bubbles … Read More
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Ken Doctor: Newspaper companies should focus on news apps

Ken Doctor, media analyst and President at Newsonomics recommends that publishers continue to develop reader revenue while print advertising continues to fade. He spoke during a session at the Media Innovation Tour seminar held at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg on March 9. Reader revenue is the new source of revenue for most newspaper companies, but … Read More
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Dorothy Bland didn't let a dead rat or a stalker hold her back

Dorothy Bland at USA Today. (Submitted photo) Name calling, a dead rat and a stalker. What do they all have in common? No, this is not a quiz for an episode in “How to Get Away With Murder,” and I’m certainly not the angry black woman in America. I became a news junkie as a child and have lived … Read More
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You can now apply for the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media

Applications are now open for the Online News Association-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, which will take place on April 12 to April 17 at Poynter in St. Petersburg, Florida. The academy is tuition-free, and 25 women will be chosen. Teaching at the academy will be Facebook’s Liz Heron, S. Mitra Kalita of Quartz, Google News Lab's Olivia … Read More
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Eight lessons learned from a former journalist's job search

As the AARP solicitations in my mailbox arrive with ever-increasing frequency, I am reminded of something a friend once told me about our aging: “When the rock starts rolling downhill, it picks up speed.” Whooosh! Next month I’ll mark my 10th anniversary as a member of Poynter’s faculty, and in addition to wondering where that decade went (and, by the … Read More
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Managers: 4 things to check before the year ends

As the year winds down, it's a good time for managers to step back for a little review and reflection. I suggest that you check areas that are time-sensitive as well as those that are timeless leadership responsibilities and opportunities. You're busy, of course, so I'll keep the list concise: Look at your budget. Is there any use-it-or-lose-it money … Read More
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Leaders change lives, thanks Jim Mutscheller

It was April of 1973, and I was about to spend my last summer as a college student water-proofing basements. An English major about to enter my senior year, I only recently had decided I might like to work for a newspaper, but my applications for internships at Baltimore's dailies – the Sunpapers and The News American – had … Read More
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How to manage a 'newsroom star' and keep everyone happy

This is the core message of my teaching: The most important things leaders do is help other people succeed. So what happens when they indeed succeed, and in a really big way? What's your responsibility when a member of your team builds a massive fan base, wins coveted awards, or rakes in high revenues for your organization? Congratulations, You get … Read More
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Media coverage of Ebola requires a delicate balance

The task of covering Ebola is a tricky one for the media. Too much coverage, and we look like we're being exploitative with scare tactics. Too little coverage, and we get blamed for not enlightening our audience of its scope. An unidentified may wears a mask as he walks back from taking out garbage across the street from an … Read More
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Be a Better Listener in 3 Minutes

I work with managers and non-managers alike who want to become better at listening. I've read books on it, written columns, and teach sessions on the essentials of the skill. And then I met journalist E. S. Isaac of India and got a better education on what it means to truly listen. During a dinner conversation before … Read More
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A daily story about a car theft that reminds us why journalism matters

The past few weeks have not been much of an upper for those tracking the health of the news business. More layoffs. New (and increasingly meager) buyouts. And the downsizing strategy that promises to grow ever more popular back at Corporate: All staffers must reapply for their jobs. Only the delusional suggest this is a cycle from which we will … Read More
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Keith Jenkins answers questions about his meteoric ascension at National Geographic

In just about one year’s time National Geographic’s Keith Jenkins has gone from director of photography to executive editor for digital content to general manager, National Geographic Digital. Jenkins will be charged with restructuring, reimagining and elevating the venerable organization in the digital space. In a recent telephone interview with Poynter’s Kenny Irby, Keith shared plans and hopes … Read More
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Katharine Weymouth's resignation completes the close of the Graham era at the Washington Post

Katharine Weymouth (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)In a word, unsurprising. Katharine Weymouth's announced resignation today as Washington Post publisher simply completes the ownership change initiated a year and a month ago when Amazon's Jeff Bezos bought the paper. Neither Bezos nor Weymouth were commenting (even to the Post) about the circumstances and timing of the change, though … Read More
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