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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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Journalists are losing access, but the public still expects the story

Update: FIU provides credential for Miami Herald’s beat reporter After denying access to Miami Herald beat writer David J. Neal for the football team’s opening game last Saturday, Florida International University has decided to credential him for the remainder of the season, according to Paul Dodson, the school’s assistant athletic director for media relations. This weekend, Florida International University … Read More
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8 Tips for Techno-Evangelists

Journalism and technology don’t always go together very well. I think there’s a natural conflict between the gathering of news and information and the various means of packaging and distributing it. This conflict is especially challenging for newsroom managers. On one hand, they want to focus on the journalism; on the other, they need to stay aware of technological … Read More
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Ziggin' and zoomin': Find yourself some metaphors for leadership success

My nearly two decades at The Philadelphia Inquirer had barely begun when I first heard the phrase that, in many ways, expressed both the newsroom’s strategy—and its essence: Zig when everyone else zags. The idea was simple. Don’t cover the story as everyone else is covering it; find an angle that helps the reader or viewer experience the story in … Read More
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Four ways to be seen as a leader, even when you're not in charge

In the past few years, I've worked with organizations as they identify and train emerging leaders. The goal is twofold: to let promising people know their contributions are valued and to increase their chances of success if they're promoted to management. So, what does it take to be considered an emerging leader? What are these people doing that sets them … Read More
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Poynter to host forum discussing leadership of women in media

The Poynter Institute announced Thursday that it will co-host a national forum focusing on the issues surrounding women in journalism and media leadership. The forum, which will be held in partnership with the National Press Club Journalism Institute, will focus on the current conversation about newsroom culture as it pertains to women, which was invigorated by the firing of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson. Read More
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5 reasons managers are addicted to "fixing" - and how to recover

I admit it. I'm a recovering fixer. Show me a piece of copy and my fingers get itchy. I crave contact with a keyboard, with a gnawing urge to tweak someone's writing a little -- or maybe a lot. Then I remind myself of the pledge I took years ago: "Remember, Jill. Sit on your hands. Coach, … Read More
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