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    Q&As with leading journalists:

    “Every environment story should be viewed through a justice and equity lens.” From our Q&A with Antonia Juhasz, an energy and climate author.

    Race is the story, and it intersects and is the undercurrent of everything.” From our Q&A with Kat Stafford, national investigative writer covering race and ethnicity for the Associated Press.

    “We’re all trying to do the same thing, which is to tell stories that stand up to the rigor of journalism that we would apply to any medium.” From our Q&A with Madhulika Sikka, a media executive.

    Leadership advice from Jill Geisler:

    “Newsroom leaders, especially if you’re white (and that’s long been the majority), please help your team members through the emotions they’re feeling right now.” Read more.

    “In the idea factory of a newsroom, there’s always give-and-take about what’s interesting, what’s innovative, what’s worth extra time and effort. Managers of various teams, desks, or projects may not always agree.” Read more.

    “If experience is a great teacher, then our annus horribilis was a graduate course in leading through change and challenge.”  Read more.

    Self-care tips for journalists:

    “I cannot recommend therapy enough, especially right now.” Read more from Sarah Smith, a reporter from the Houston Chronicle.

    “Now when I take days off, I actually try not to do work at all, whereas earlier, I worked every weekend.” Read more from Apoorva Mandavilli, a science and global health reporter at The New York Times.

    “I began using yoga to help me with meditation in between stressful news situations.” Read more from Leslie Rangel, founder of The News Yogi.


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