Editions

A semi-recent archive of editions

  • Originally published December 31, 2017

    An announcement first. tl;dr: I’ve been sending this lovely semi-regular missive on Tinyletter for the past year, but for a variety of reasons, I’ve decided to move this newsletter to MailChimp. I’ve been thinking about this for awhile. Why MailChimp? First, it’s a platform I know,…

  • Originally published December 07, 2017

    These things I have learned. I try not to present myself as an expert. I’m far from it. And the whole purpose of this semi-regular newsletter is to have a space for myself and others (I’d love for guest writers!) to share what we’re learning…

  • Originally published November 20, 2017

    How to disagree It should be easy to say “Hey, I don’t agree with that.” But, it’s not. Often disagreements come with emotional attachments, personal feelings that muck up a lot of things. But hey, we wouldn’t be good managers if we didn’t care, right?…

  • Originally published November 02, 2017

    The Gothamist and DNAinfo sites were just abruptly shut down (Hire these people). I am so sorry to anyone affected, and if you need a coffee I’m there. I had been thinking about failure a lot even before today, and how it’s interpreted differently depending…

  • Conference like a pro I’m headed to the Online News Association gathering this week, and so are many of my friends. I’m actually talking Middles with Emma Carew Grovum, if you want to join! When you’re managing-ish, attending a conference is a little bit different. Some…

  • The adultiest “I need adulting help,” they said. “I am not very good at adulting.” I admitted back, but I tried to help anyway. Here’s the thing, though. We all have to be adults and there’s this point, of which I’ve come to, where I…

  • I’m on vacation this week, so in lieu of a regular newsletter, I give you a task. One of the best things someone ever did for me was after a hard week. They asked me to take a walk around the block with them and…

  • I’ve mentioned job descriptions a couple of times before in this newsletter. I was writing one this week, (maybe the second of my career), and I thought out loud that a job description is the first transaction between myself as someone involved in hiring and…

  • If you’ve talked to me in recent weeks, I will quote something from “The Hard Thing about Hard Things” by Ben Horowitz. It’s a book for start-up CEOs, but I’m finding so much of this applies to my field, journalism, and daily management. One choice…

  • Sorry, nevermind. Once, I was having a particularly difficult edit with someone. In my exasperation I said, “It doesn’t matter to me, I don’t care, but this is your story and I’m just trying to help you make it better. It doesn’t help me when…

  • My other half is brilliant. He is kind. He pushes me to ask for more money, knows I can take the responsibility. He tells me to stop working. He makes me sandwiches in the middle of breaking news. My other half is not perfect. He…

  • “I’m sorry, but I think this is best for both of us.” There’s lots of reasons people quit. They could hate their job. They could hate you. They could just be ready for something new. Their spouse might have found a better job in another…