Leadership advice

Check on your editors

Advice from Jill Geisler, Bill Plante Chair in Leadership & Media Integrity, Loyola University Chicago and Freedom Forum Fellow in Women’s Leadership

This pandemic has produced an abundance of powerful and painful stories. We worry – as we should – about the resilience of the reporters and photographers bearing witness to COVID-19’s impact on human life.

Behind those reporters and photographers are editors who make their stories stronger and clearer, more understandable and relatable. They see every detail –  the ones that move us to tears and those that may be too raw or graphic to include. 

Editors are immersed in a daily stream of personal tragedies and institutional failures as they attend to story upon story.

Most are doing this work alone, at home. They’re no longer in a newsroom village where they can easily step away from the desk to decompress in the company of colleagues who understand what they’re experiencing.

Take a moment to check in with those who edit your team’s words and images. Keep asking, “Are you okay?”, listen carefully, and then act on what you learn.


Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments