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New Leadership Coming to Major News Organizations

Feb 2, 2021

AP reported that the "help wanted" list for top management jobs in journalism is suddenly getting very long.

According to the AP story, searches are underway for new leaders at brand names such as The Washington Post, ABC News, and the Los Angeles Times. AP also pointed out the executive editor of the New York Times is 64 and by tradition the paper’s top editor steps down by age 66.

AP said all this comes at a time of rapid change in the news industry and at a time when increased attention is paid to diversity in decision-making roles.

Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues.  This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.

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