Adding Young Voices to the Mix of Newsroom Advisors

December 2008
Nieman Reports;Winter2008, Vol. 62 Issue 4, p32
The author, the former editor of "The Spokane Spokesman-Review" newspaper, offers opinions on how to involve younger newspaper employees in management decisions. He cites his own experience in creating an advisory group of younger reporters to advise management on a staff reorganization made necessary by layoffs and the need to expand operations to present information on the newspaper's Web site and other platforms. The familiarity of younger persons with the Internet is seen as a tremendous help. Steps are suggested for newspaper editors to involve younger reporters more closely in the decision making process in less drastic cases. INSETS: Engaging Young Staffers in Newsroom Activities and Change;The Gang of Eight's Recommendations: An Excerpt.


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