By Tommy Hamzik
I’ve come to realize that managing people and personalities on staff is one of my biggest duties as the managing editor. There’s nothing wrong with that, and it’s certainly necessary in order to have a successful, operating newsroom.
The session “How to be a Kinder, Gentler and More Effective Leader” addressed issues like that. Megan Fitzgerald, of Nova Southeastern University, led it and acknowledged that the session basically turned into a support group. Which didn’t exactly surprise me. There were a lot of valid questions in regard to making everything run more smoothly, but only a fraction of them were applicable to a wide audience.
It’s great to hear from other college journalists and the issues they face with their newsrooms, and to workshop how to fix these issues. But the format of the session probably wasn’t conducive for that. More of a roundtable format would have worked better.