#MuckedUp chat: How to be a newsroom leader (or just work well with one)
The newsroom has to be one of the most chaotic workplaces. Aside from an emergency room or a war zone (and journalists have had to work in both locations, too!), it’s hard to envision a place where good leadership and good management style is more needed. And yet, it isn’t always a given. During periods of breaking news, especially, a lot is revealed about your newsroom culture. What does it take to be one of tomorrow’s newsroom leaders? And if you’re thinking you don’t hold a position on staff where this question matters, remember--newsroom’s sharpest leaders aren’t always managers! Moreover, incorporating leaderly skills equip one to better understand one’s boss, colleagues and newsroom culture.
If you guessed from the above links and questions that next week’s #muckedup guest is newsroom leadership expert Jill Geisler, you’re quite astute. Jill holds the Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago. Between her book “Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know” and her popular “What Great Bosses Know” podcasts, Jill has locked down the secrets of being a great newsroom leader, and she has the experience to prove it, as well; at the age of 27, she became one of the first women TV news directors in the United States. After a successful management career in that competitive arena, she joined the faculty of The Poynter Institute, where she has guided the growth of its programs for leaders and managers for well over a decade. Got a newsy leadership question for Jill? Tweet me / email me before the end of the Monday work day, and we’ll incorporate it into our chat! Oh, and help us spread the word. See you on Twitter this Tuesday, Mar. 31, at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST!