What separates a classroom from a newsroom? I argue not much. Like a teacher, newsroom managers have to inspire, encourage, and educate the people they work with every day. With that in mind, here is the first of what I hope to be a regular installment in a Newsroom as Classroom series.
Teaching is ingrained in the culture of my newsroom. I’m the ND of WFUV FM, an NPR affiliate station, based on the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University in the Bronx. We’re only a two-person full-time news department. It’s me and my assistant ND, Robin Shannon. But, we’re a large department when you count up our student staffing. We have as many as 15 students who work in our newsroom at any given time. They serve as anchors, reporters, writers and producers.