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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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Manager, Interrupted: How to trade all of that multi-tasking for some real focus

Multitasking at work. (Flickr Photo by Jonathan Blundell/ https://flic.kr/p/7bnUSk) It’s 3:00 p.m. You’re sitting at your desk, trying to edit and file to the web the six paragraphs on your computer screen, a breaking account of the fire that has reduced downtown traffic to a crawl. Your phone rings. The reporter at the fire wants to … Read More
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Why do journalists remember nasty editors fondly?

Dean Baquet said it was "nuts" to elegize "'the city editor who changed my life because he was really nasty to me for six months and it made me a better person.'" I noted earlier today that John Robinson had recently tweeted some wisdom about the peculiar devotion some journalists have for tough editors, but I was curious what Jill Geisler, who directs Poynter's management and leadership training programs, thought about J. Jonah Jameson types. Geisler recently wrote about what a good management style looks like, and talked about the "bad old days" when "bosses could be behave like tyrants" as long as their team "cranked out some good work." She didn't dwell on those days in the piece, though, so I put it to her: Why do so many journalists think fondly of jerks? Here's what she wrote back: The fond remembrances are very likely the result of several things: 1. It’s all seen through the rear view mirror. Those who are fondly recalling their super-tough, idiosyncratic bosses are proud of their survival, just like those who make it through fraternity or sorority hazing. They put greater emphasis on the positive outcome and tell war stories about the hardship. There’s a “coolness” factor to telling those “I was one of Mr. or Ms. X’s crew — what a wild ride that was. If you made it there, you know you had what it takes." Read More
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Virtual Newsroom: getting journalism done in a digital age

At this moment, I am at my dining room table in Los Angeles with two laptops, a cellphone and an iPad. I work with staff writers who live in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and just outside of Tampa. I also talk virtually with Poynter faculty, adjunct faculty and freelancers who write for us, some of whom live in Florida, but some … Read More
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So what the heck IS a good management style, anyway?

There are no perfect managers. Not Jill Abramson. Not Dean Baquet. Certainly not Jill Geisler when she ran a newsroom, and she's now a leadership teacher, for heaven's sake. Every manager has strengths and challenges. And on any given day, you, as a boss, will disappoint someone. You hire and promote people while rejecting others. You accept and … Read More
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New York Times' Sulzberger took a risk; how about one more?

Arthur Sulzberger Jr.'s latest statement is a far cry from the May 14 New York Times news release about Jill Abramson's departure, a missive that seems almost comically cordial now. Then, Sulzberger expressed his "sincere thanks" to her and she, in turn, thanked him for "the chance to serve," calling him "a steadfast protector of our journalism." Addressing the … Read More
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Great journalist or great manager: Who would you prefer for a boss?

I am going to begin this essay on leadership with an extended baseball analogy. I realize that this will make my argument sound “gendered,” and not in a good way, but I’ll take my chances. There are a lot of good baseball managers out there, and one of them is Joe Maddon, skipper of our local team the Tampa Bay … Read More
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