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Are You Having a Journalism Midlife Crisis? – ONA19

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Want to cheat on journalism? Quit your job and escape the daily content grind?? Feel like you have no control over your career??? You might be having a midlife crisis with journalism!

Join this workshop to learn how to future-proof your career from journalists who left to pursue fellowships, executive MBAs, startup opportunities and volunteer leadership work after years of the grind.

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Are You Having a Journalism Midlife Crisis? – ONA19

  1. 1. Are you having a Journalism Midlife Crisis? ONA19 Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan
  2. 2. Agenda 4:00 Introductions 4:05 Self diagnosis 4:15 How we got out of our midlife crises 4:25 Designing your life > FOX 4:55 How to turn your goals into action > CHAN 5:10 Q&A / Discussion ONA19
  3. 3. Self diagnosis 1. Lost your ability to feel joy at work 2. Trouble focusing or making decisions 3. Feeling agitated or annoyed at little things 4. Your bosses are all stupid 5. Red-taping everything 6. Strong feelings of worthlessness or being undervalued 7. Isolate yourself from colleagues and projects 8. Don’t have a sense of control 9. Physical complaints and changes 10. Just don’t give a shit anymore ONA19
  4. 4. Self diagnosis 1 - 3 You show no symptoms of a crisis. We won’t be offended if you leave right now. 4 - 7 You are pre-journalism midlife crisis. This workshop might be useful 7 - 10 You are in journalism hell. You need to take control of your life now. ONA19
  5. 5. How we got out of our midlife crises Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19
  6. 6. I gained 30 lbs Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19
  7. 7. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19 My Value Systems Personal Work What do I value? What does my boss/company value? What do I need? Can work fill those needs? What do I fear? Is work exacerbating or easing my fear? What am I good at doing? Does work need what I’m good at?
  8. 8. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19 Be recognized as an seasoned leader/expert/executive at the intersection of journalism + innovation ● Establish myself as thought leader in this space ● Work for a brand/company that allows me to hone in on that particular skill set ● Pitch panels in major conferences ● Volunteer work to expand my professional network (AAJA, ONA, NLA, Out in Tech etc) ● Create or seek jobs with an innovation focus ● Secured assignments and volunteer in company initiatives that help me acquire those skills Vision Strategy Tactics
  9. 9. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan I took a “dream job” opportunity ONA19
  10. 10. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19 Stages of Grief Denial Bargaining (and guilt) Depression Anger Acceptance (and hope) Finding Meaning
  11. 11. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19Prototyping: How you’re supposed to do it... ● Ask good questions (Life design interviews/Brainstorms.) ● Create experiences. ● Fail Fast. ● Fail forward. ● Build empathy for ourselves and others.
  12. 12. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19 Prototyping: My approach...
  13. 13. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19 ● 1997: Left journalism school ● 1998: Digital Project Manager (Dot-com boom and bust.) ● 2004: Second City Comedy Producer ● 2006 - 2009: Project Manager à Producer à On-Air à Manager ● 2012: Director of Content, ScribbleLive (Start-Up) ● 2014 – 2016: CBC Local News à Bloomberg ● 2016: Managing Editor, Audience, The Philadelphia Inquirer (The turning point) ● 2017: ONA Women’s Digital Leadership Accelerator ● 2018: Executive MBA (Temple University) ● 2019: Managing Editor, Audience & Innovation, The Philadelphia Inquirer
  14. 14. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan I got shingles! ONA19
  15. 15. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan I can’t do this anymore!!! Leave Stay Secure more resources. Lower expectations of self. Meditate. Do less. Look for job, apply for fellowship, school Well, what do you want to do?
  16. 16. What are your constants? I’m a journalist. Reporter, Digital Editor, Op-Ed Editor, Deputy Managing Editor I solve $ problems. Scholarship Endowment, AAJA National President in Recession I’m mission-driven. Refugee Parents, Amplifying Underrepresented Voices
  17. 17. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan 2012 Op-Ed Editor Seattle Times (opinion) Director of Journalism Initiatives Seattle Times (business side) 2014 Executive MBA MIT Sloan 2015 VP Philanthropy NY Times (newsroom) 2019 VP Innovation, Product & Development Seattle Times (business side) 2017
  18. 18. Designing YOUR life Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19
  19. 19. Unlearning is way harder than learning Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19
  20. 20. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19 Five Mind-Sets for Designing Your Life 1. Be curious (curiosity.) 2. Try stuff (bias to action.) 3. Reframe problems (reframing.) 4. Know it’s a process (awareness.) 5. Ask for help (radical collaboration.) *Designing Your Life. Bill Burnett & Dave Evans.
  21. 21. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19 So – How’s It Going?
  22. 22. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19 Wayfinding: Flow, Engagement, Energy, Joy
  23. 23. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19 Gravity & Compass Personal Work What do I value? What does my boss/company value? What do I need? Can work fill those needs? What do I fear? Is work exacerbating or easing my fear? What am I good at doing? Does work need what I’m good at?
  24. 24. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19 Odyssey Planning
  25. 25. How to turn your goals into action Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19
  26. 26. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19 I heard about this awesome job. I am applying! Solution Seeking I didn’t get the job. Obstacle I hate my job! I hate my life! What else can I do? Problem
  27. 27. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19 Take yourself out of it
  28. 28. Decision Tree Example: Should We Play the Lottery? MIT Sloan: “Data, Models and Decisions” Play lottery Don’t Play lottery $0 Don’t win Lottery Win Lottery -$0.9 +$1 million -$1 0.00001% 99.99999%
  29. 29. Decision Tree: Expected Monetary Value Should We Play the Lottery? MIT Sloan: “Data, Models and Decisions” Play lottery Don’t Play lottery $0 Don’t win Lottery Win Lottery -$0.9 +$1 million -$1 0.00001% 99.99999% EMV=($1M) X (0.00001%) + (-$1) X (99.99999%) = -$0.90
  30. 30. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19 EMV = (0.65*-75,000) + (0.34*75,000) + (0.01*2,000,000) EMV = (0.75*80,000) + (0.25*0) Your Decision Tree and EMV Decision node Chance node Start company with 2 ONA friends Stay at job -$3,250 $60,000 Chance node Can’t raise funds: 65% Sell company! 1% Get laid off: 25% Get promoted in 2 years: 75% Make enough to Pay self: 34% -$75K +$75K +$2M +$80K $0K
  31. 31. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19 What glasses are you wearing?
  32. 32. Bill Aulet, “Disciplined Entrepreneurship””
  33. 33. Your glasses Non-journalism glasses Writing web headlines Translate complex projects into simple, engaging ideas Posting on social media Build audience on emerging platforms by engaging them with concise, compelling combinations of images and text Moderating comments Create a positive, engaged community and dialogue about ideas Using Google Analytics Track, measure, interpret how the digital audience is reacting to our product
  34. 34. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19 Project managing yourself
  35. 35. Email 100 people Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19 Project Management Net Q4 OCT NOV DEC Q1 JAN FEB MAR Write my Odyssey Make my snowman Have coffee with 5 people
  36. 36. Paul CHEUNG @pcheung630 Kim FOX @kimfox Sharon Pian CHAN @sharonpianchan ONA19 Failure is just data.
  37. 37. More resources ● Mentors! ● “Designing Your Life,” Bill Burnett and Dave Evans ● “The Power of Full Engagement,” Jim Lehr and Tony Schwartz ● “The No A**hole Rule,” Robert I. Sutton ● “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***,” Mark Manson ● “Thinking in Bets,” Annie Duke ONA19

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