By Derrick Hinds, RTDNA
When it comes to managing a newsroom, it's easy to feel like you're on your own.
Most news managers start out as reporters, producers, photographers or editors and have worked their way up either within a single newsroom or at a series of newsrooms in different markets. And most have been mentored along the way, learning the ropes from college instructors, fellow employees and news managers with experience.
But once you take on the job of leading a newsroom, the number of people you can turn to for advice narrows. You may be in the position of being the most experienced journalist on your team, and your general manager may have come from a sales, promotions or engineering background rather than from news. When you have questions about managing your team or need strategies to hire and develop your employees, where do you turn?
RTDNA and RTDNF offer dozens of training seminars for news leaders at its annual convention, as well as networking opportunities with newspeople from around the country and around the world. And now, for the first time, we're offering our most helpful and popular newsroom leadership publications at no charge for you to study.
For first-time news managers who have accepted or are just thinking about accepting a job running a newsroom, our get-started guide called Incoming: Advice to the Newly-named News Director is filled with questions and answers to help you find your way. Topics include getting to know your team, understanding workplace cultures, learning about a new market, managing up (and sideways) within your organization, recruiting, budgeting, crisis planning, ethics, work-life balance, surveys and more.
For news managers with more experience, it's helpful to have a ready resource for dealing with day-to-day issues of management issues, newsroom culture, retaining good employees, time management, feedback and evaluations, and conflict resolution. That's where RTDNF's Ready, Set, Lead! guide comes in. We now offer this useful resource online, with quick links to key issues, with helpful and practical advice.
For news directors with experience who are looking to hone their capabilities and make the most of their team, RTDNF's News Leadership at the Head of the Class is a master class in newsroom leadership, developed by the Poynter Institute's Jill Geisler, one of the most respected trainers in the business. Her guide is a thourough, detailed manual covering a wide range of issues, including staff communication, employee coaching, developing leadership style, developing operational systems, understanding legal issues, managing difficult people, coaching, creativity, conducting meetings and building newsroom cultures.
No matter your level of experience, RTDNA and RTDNF are here to provide you with advice, networking and training opportunities throughout your career. Even if you don't have experienced news management colleagues to turn to in your newsroom, you have an association of fellow newsroom leaders who are here to help, so you won't be on your own.
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