New Media: How to Do More With Less

by Lindsey Wray
Badly-run news organizations will fail.

So says Merrill Brown, founder and principal of MMB Media LLC.

And, he says, stopping this demise is up to journalists. Journalists can help save media outlets by keeping an eye out for ways of using new technology to help their organizations navigate through the bumpy road they’re facing, he says. Brown is an Internet pioneer. He has served as senior vice president and editor-in-chief of and was previously a media and communications consultant whose work included strategic development work at Time Inc., NBC and other media ventures. Brown now consults with clients on management and strategy, corporate, editorial and program development, business analysis and marketing services.

“It’s a scary transition,” but there’s a great deal of opportunity, says Janice Castro, senior director of graduate education and teaching excellence at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. “The only thing you have to be willing to do is learn on the fly.”
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Negotiating Salaries and Contracts

by Lindsey Wray
Show me the money! This exclamation may have worked in the movie Jerry Maguire, but Hollywood tactics are not likely to have the effect you’re hoping for when negotiating a salary for a new job or making your case for a salary increase in your current job.

Still, financial compensation is essential to consider when evaluating a new position. “Often the key to a job for a lot of people is salary,” said Marci Burdick, senior vice president of broadcasting for Schurz Communications. “It’s just a reality of life, and it’s certainly an important driver, though not the only one.”
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Leadership Styles and Power

Being a good leader is like conducting a symphony: You don’t necessarily know how to play each instrument but you do know how to make the instruments work together to produce music.

This image, according to Jill Geisler, head of the Leadership and Management group leader at the Poynter Institute, illustrates how leaders see the big picture and get their teams involved and invested in their work.

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Difficult Conversations: How to Deal with Conflict in Newsrooms

by Lindsey Wray

We all deal with conflict on a daily basis, and in a newsroom, it can be exacerbated by tight deadlines.

Consider a newspaper reporter who constantly turns in stories late. This would hold up editors and the copy desk and could even delay the production schedule of the newspaper. Avoiding the issue would make the problem worse and disrupt workflow. The reporter’s manger should plan to approach the reporter about why deadlines are being missed and how to best resolve the situation so that newspaper production can stay on track.

Difficult conversations, such as this one, involve the discussion – and hopefully resolution – of conflict. They can include everything from talking to someone about a missed deadline to laying someone off because of budget cuts.

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Leading Generation Y in the Newsroom

by Lindsey Wray

Woodstock meets American Idol.

Baby Boomers and people from Generation Y sharing a newsroom is like this strange encounter. But just because your musical tastes are miles away from your colleague’s doesn’t mean your work styles have to clash.

News gathering is already a frenzied operation. Striking a balance between generations can help everyone work toward the goal of effectively bringing the news to the public.

Members of Generation Y bring a particular set of strengths and a new set of challenges to the workforce. Born after 1978, they were shaped by historical events such as 9/11 and the Columbine High School shootings and grew up using technology such as iPods and TiVo.

So, how does this translate to the newsroom?

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2007 IWMF Courage Awardee’s Publishing Company Convicted

2007 IWMF <i>Courage</i> Awardee's Publishing Company Convicted


The IWMF is concerned for 2007 Courage in Journalism Award Winner Serkalem Fasil. Her publishing company was convicted June 11 by the Ethiopian High Court – along with two other publishers and four editors – on anti-state charges linked to coverage of the government’s handling of disputed parliamentary elections in 2005.

Fasil, a publisher who owned three newspapers at the time of her arrest in November 2005, could face heavy fines or have her company dissolved, according to CPJ. Fasil was acquitted in April.

Dawit Fasil, brother of Serkalem and deputy editor of one of the company’s newspapers, had also been released in April, but he has now been returned to prison. He faces up to three years of imprisonment on charges of “inciting the public through false rumors.”

Journalist Threatened, her Car Sabotaged in Mexico

Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho’s car was sabotaged May 8. Cacho was also threatened earlier this month when she testified at the trial of a pedophile.
Read (in Spanish) about the incident on Cacho’s website.