Frontline Editors Introduction: Understanding Leadership Styles

Course Overview

Frontline Editors Introduction: Understanding Leadership Styles
Self-Directed Course
Time Estimate:
One hour

About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

The job of a frontline editor is demanding, complex and under-appreciated.

As the editor who has a direct hand in shaping news content and guiding newsgatherers, this person is often brought up from the reporting or copy-editing ranks and put in the job without any training.

There are more than 20 behavioral characteristics -- in addition to journalistic skills -- that a frontline editor needs to succeed. This course describes the behavior and working styles needed to be effective.

In this course, you'll role-play through situations, choosing what you would do as editor in each scenario. The scenarios can help you imagine the job if you don't yet have it or help you better understand key behavioral traits if you do. It will help you see the areas in which you are weak.

When you're done, you'll get an introduction to resources and training for the job.

What Will I Learn:

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the 22 characteristics necessary for a frontline editor.
  • Understand how your skills fit with the job description.
  • Create a list of training opportunities for continued improvement.
Who should take this course:

This course is for anyone who has -- or wants -- the role of shaping the news and the newsgatherers. It is also helpful for independent journalists and bloggers who want to be more effective.

Course Instructors:

Michele McLellan

Michele McLellan is a consultant who helps news organizations and journalism training organizations adapt in a rapidly changing new media environment.

Jacqui Banaszynski

Jacqui Banaszynski is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who spent 30 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. She holds a Knight Chair professorship at the Missouri School of Journalism, is an editing fellow at the Poynter Institute and coaches student and professional journalists around the world. You can follow her on Twitter at @JacquiB.

Her series “AIDS in the Heartland” won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing.

Technical Requirements:

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