Students Benefit from Editor Mentors

Editors met one-on-one with college seniors at the 2019 News Leaders Association Conference, giving them insight into the shifting media landscape and helping them prepare for entry into an industry that needs them enthusiastic and educated. Ball State University students covered the NLA conference sessions with a full multi-media online report. Mentor editors helped students…

McGruder and AP Staff Awards Announced

2019 Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity and Leadership Maribel Perez Wadsworth, president of USA TODAY Network and publisher of USA TODAY, was named recipient of the 2019 Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership, the News Leaders Association announced today. Wadsworth oversees 109 daily newspapers in the USA TODAY network. “She’s not just talking…

Diversity Survey Responses Up Over Last Year

Media companies would do well to hire for talent with an eye toward diversity rather than wait for positions to open through attrition, according to a panel discussion Tuesday at the News Leaders Conference.  Findings from the  2019 ASNE Newsroom Diversity Survey show that journalists of color make up about a third of jobs in…

NLA Represents a New Start, a New Day

For new and seasoned journalists, the News Leaders Association presents a clean slate, a chance to build an organization from the ground up, said panelists on Tuesday at the NLA Conference luncheon presentation. “It is a chance to craft a journalism organization from scratch,” said Nancy Ancrum, Editorial Page Editor of the Miami Herald.  She…

Historic Photos and Newsletters Drive Dollars

Revenue-generating ideas, ranging from leveraging newsletters to selling historic photos, were just a part of the discussion at Tuesday’s News Leaders Association on the topic. Mitch Pugh, executive editor of The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C. led the discussion. “The success of this panel is really you guys’ fault,” adding the solutions come from…

Teri Hayt on What Comes Next

For the past four-and-a-half years, Teri Hayt has led the American Society of News Editors as its executive director, steering training in newsroom leadership, fundraising and annual conventions during arguably the most tumultuous period in the industry. Six weeks into her new title at the News Leaders Association, she said there’s a lot more to…

Journalists Must Be Allies in Matters of Diversity

There are several components to becoming an ally, according to Jill Geisler, Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University. Fighting discrimination, personal bias and microaggression are some of the first steps, she said.  Geisler discussed the topic in the Workplace Integrity session Tuesday at the News Leaders Association Conference.. The Freedom…

Reporters Should Befriend Digital Team

Having data in stories adds to credibility and benefits reporters, but so does data on content views, page views and story views. The digital team staffers in your newsroom might not be your best friends now, but they should be. Yet reporters might complain that their stories “didn’t get on the front page or my…

Podcast Audience Exploding

About one in three Americans listen to podcasts monthly, according to Brett Robinson, vice president of ad operations for National Public Media. That’s about 90 million people regularly listening to online stations, Robinson said. Professionals met Monday at the News Leaders Association Conference to discuss the topic. Panelists explained how the business has been booming…