editor on the verge

Online musings from the newsroom and beyond . . . by Yoni Greenbaum

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A crowdsourcing experiment

January 8th, 2008 · 4 Comments

A friend of mine and former colleague emailed me Monday. He’s just been appointed city editor at a daily newspaper and is addressing his staff for the first time on Thursday and asked (probably half jokingly) if I had any words of wisdom.

Knowing that this is his first management post, and remembering what it was like for me when I was in his shoes, I sat down to write back to him and then stopped. While I have some ideas of my own, I wondered what advice you all would have for him? What would you suggest a new young editor say to his staff? What issues should he be thinking about? What words of encouragement would you have to offer? Are there warnings or tips that you would pass along?

So come on editor on the verge readers from (in no particular order): England, California, Washington, Georgia, Florida, Texas, New York, Virginia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Nova Scotia, Canada, Ontario, Canada, Kentucky, Colorado, Utah, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Alberta, Canada, South Carolina, Limburg, Netherlands, Wien, Austria, British Columbia, Connecticut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Indiana, South Dakota, Minnesota, Bucharest, Romania, District Of Columbia, Antwerpen, Belgium, Wisconsin, Scotland, Louisiana, West Virginia, New Mexico, Oregon, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Iowa, Manitoba, Canada, Alaska, Reykjavik, Iceland, Veneto, Italy, Dhodhekanisos, Greece, Utrecht, Netherlands, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic, Tennessee, Kansas, Zurich, Switzerland, Montana, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Vermont, Attiki, Greece, Delhi, India what do you have to say? Help out my friend and share some of that collective wisdom.

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Columnist finds fault with pay proposals – UPDATED

January 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Interesting piece by Edward Wasserman on MiamiHerald.com today. In “Journalism becoming a consumer product” Wasserman quotes from my “Get the most from your online data” post. Also included in the piece is Random Mumbling’s Jack Lail. Wasserman has an interesting argument and the piece is worth checking out. For those of you not familiar with him, Wasserman is the Knight professor of journalism ethics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

7:35 p.m. (EST) – For reaction to Wasserman, readers should take a look at “Critic’s slam on ‘popularity pay’ needs correction” by Lucas Grindley. For a deeper dive on the issue, check out his post “Bloggers question the way reporters are paid.”

11:15 p.m. (EST) – Jack weighs back in with “Paying starving journalists will be the death of good journalism.”

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Show your editor some love and win free coffee

January 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment

In some of the feedback that I received to my “Newsroom leaders, change or step aside” post, readers noted that surely there must be senior editors who could be role models for the rest of the newspaper industry. I included News & Record Editor John Robinson in my post as one such example. But honestly, I would like to hear from the rest of you as to others who you feel are strong leaders at this time of change and who could be role models for their colleagues.

So, here’s my pitch: Write a comment nominating an editor you think deserves recognition for their leadership. Get your colleagues to write comments supporting your nomination. The individual who nominates the editor that receives the most comments wins a $25 gift card to their favorite coffee chain (if you’re looking for $100 drop by Howard Owen’s blog, I don’t have his deep pockets). And the editor wins a custom certificate perfect for that blank space on his or her wall.

More than just winning some free coffee, here’s an opportunity to show your editor some Internet love and maybe help some other newsrooms in the process.

Any questions, let me know. If not, let start hearing some names.

NOTE: You can only vote once for an editor.

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A post that gets people talking

January 6th, 2008 · No Comments

Response to my “Newsroom leaders, change or step aside” post has come fast and in some cases, furious. But I wanted to share two posts that were written in response that I feel represent the range of emotions the piece generated. David Cohn at DigiDave posted “A Morning Response: We Don’t Need Newsroom Leadership, We Need Individual Entrepreneurs,” while Lucas Grindley over at LucasGrindley.com wrote “Throw the bums out, and he means senior editors.” Check out these pieces, leave them a comment, write your own post or share your thoughts here.

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