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How Digital Has Changed News, Leadership and Our Paths to Greatness

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A speech I gave to young journalists and educators on leadership, careers and the evolution of digital media at the College Media Associations NYC14 conference in March 2014.

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How Digital Has Changed News, Leadership and Our Paths to Greatness

  1. 1. Make Your Own Road How Digital Has Changed News, Leadership and Our Paths to Greatness Mandy Jenkins, @mjenkins #youlead
  2. 2. Let’s hear a story…
  3. 3. Expectations
  4. 4. Expectations < Reality
  5. 5. Risk
  6. 6. Web producer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  7. 7. Web producer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online Special Projects Editor, Cincinnati Enquirer
  8. 8. Web producer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online Special Projects Editor, Cincinnati Enquirer Social Media Editor, Cincinnati Enquirer
  9. 9. Web producer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online Special Projects Editor, Cincinnati Enquirer Social Media Editor, Cincinnati Enquirer
  10. 10. The Internets Zombie Journalism
  11. 11. Risk
  12. 12. Social Media Editor, TBD.com Online Special Projects Editor, Cincinnati Enquirer Social Media Editor, Cincinnati Enquirer
  13. 13. Risk
  14. 14. Risk < Reward
  15. 15. I am going somewhere with all this, I swear
  16. 16. Social Media Editor, TBD.com Social News Editor, Huffington Post Politics Social Media Editor, Cincinnati Enquirer
  17. 17. Social Media Editor, TBD.com Social News Editor, Huffington Post Politics Interactives Editor, Digital First Media’s Thunderdome
  18. 18. Enter Thunderdome
  19. 19. Risk
  20. 20. Social News Editor, Huffington Post Politics Interactives Editor, Digital First Media’ Thunderdome Managing Editor, Digital First Media’ Thunderdome
  21. 21. Key Takeaways
  22. 22. Key Takeaways • You don’t need to have a plan mapped out
  23. 23. Key Takeaways • You don’t need to have a plan mapped out • Take risks
  24. 24. Key Takeaways • You don’t need to have a plan mapped out • Take risks • Relationships matter
  25. 25. Key Takeaways • You don’t need to have a plan mapped out • Take risks • Relationships matter • Lead from where you are
  26. 26. Digital Makes It Possible
  27. 27. Reporter, Copyeditor Assistant City/section editor Section Editor First among equals Assistant Managing Editor Managing Editor/Director Editor-in-Chief/VP
  28. 28. Jungle Gym > Ladder
  29. 29. Reporter Photog Editor Designer Web producer
  30. 30. Reporter Photog Editor Designer Web producer
  31. 31. A few parting thoughts
  32. 32. Recognize you always have a lot to learn
  33. 33. Mentors choose you
  34. 34. Always sit at the table (and speak up)
  35. 35. Be an “intrapreneur”
  36. 36. Skills and smarts aren’t enough. Attitude is.
  37. 37. Reach Out Mandy Jenkins mjenkins@digitalfirstmedia.com @mjenkins Mandyjenkins.com

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