Leadership Advice for Our Age of Disruption, Misperception and Outlandish Expectations

Course Overview

Leadership Advice for Our Age of Disruption, Misperception and Outlandish Expectations
Originally Broadcast On:
April 13, 2015
Time Estimate:
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At a time when we carry the world in our pockets, there’s a tendency in blended newsrooms to expect daily miracles from the folks in charge of digital news. As a creator of digital news, the general aura of uncertainty – about job security, about financial viability, about the future of journalism itself – can make it all too tempting to cultivate magical beliefs. But that approach will lead to frustration, isolation and a devaluing of all of the hard work that goes into making digital news a success.

Helping your legacy news organization understand what you do is key to achieving ongoing support and crucial collaboration. But how to go about it? What does your news organization need to know about what you do, and what is the best way to convey that information? It can be helpful at times like this to take a step back and look at this confusing state from the vantage point of history, way-back history.

Do you work like Hercules but feel like Sisyphus? This one-hour Webinar will tap ancient philosophers to shed light on the modern dilemmas journalists face in the digital age. It will show you how to share your accomplishments and the value of your work with others within your news organization. It will help you identify opportunities to weave together legacy and digital priorities, as well as anticipate and forestall unnecessary conflict, produce better results and grow as a manager.

What Will I Learn:
  • Why digital news leadership – not just digital news – matters to your news organization
  • The key areas to focus on to align your digital news objectives with those of your organization
  • How to gain the recognition your work deserves
  • What steps to take to manage the expectations of your news organization
  • How to promote a culture of collaboration, not competition
  • The practical application of the philosopher-based leadership model
Who Should Take this Course:

Anyone in – or interested in— a leadership role in digital news in a legacy news organization, and anyone who works with digital news and wants more insight into that world

Course Instructor:

Sara Catania

Sara Catania is vice president of digital news for NBC4 Southern California. Prior to that she was a regional editor at AOL's Patch.com, where she spearheaded the Southern California operation. Sara has worked for Mother Jones, the LA Daily News, LA Weekly and the Los Angeles Times, where she contributed to the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. She taught for five years at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. You can follow her on Twitter at @Catanify.

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