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The Extraordinary Editor

A Handbook for South African Media Leaders
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CONTENTS

Editorial2
Foreword
Sanef Chairperson Jovial Rantao
7
Chapter 1 - The Job
Overview: the beginning9
Coming in as an outsider
Jethro Goko
11
Moving up in the company
Zingisa Mkhuma
12
Setting your leadership style
Khathu Mamaila
14
Managing multiple titles
Esmare Weideman
15
New product in a special market
Philani Mgwaba
16
Management vs leadership: What you need to lead 17
Scaffolding for success: Career paths to becoming an editor19
Doing it on community papers
Karin Espag
20
Chapter 2 - Managing Yourself
On values: what is important to you
Joe Thloloe
21
Doing things through others
Mary Papayya
22
Daily organisation: Building some balance23
Time management: Slaying your time monster 24
Effective meeting skills: Managing while chairing27
Getting organised: Why you need a good PA 29
Studying while editing
Kevin Ritchie
30
Suddenly being a public persona
Lizette Rabe
31
Being at the tech edge: Get wired: news and mail32
Presentation skills: Putting on a good show34
Going on TV and radio: How do you really look or sound?35
Networking: The editor as hub36
Benefit from being in a body
Femida Mehtar
37
Stress-busting: How to reduce the heat 38
Tackling conflict: Take control – and talk40
Sabbaticals: Give yourself a stimulating break
Lizeka Mda
40
Moving on after editorship
John Dludlu
42
Chapter 3 - Managing People
Overview: taking responsibility for staff43
Recruitment: Systematic steps for staff selection44
Two vital factors to look for
Brian Dyke
45
Checklist for recruits: Settling a new journo46
Creating a newsroom team
Willem Pretorius
47
The imperfect perfect editor
Caroline Southey
48
Communication flows: Info flows enable a learning culture49
Motivating your colleagues
Alan Dunn
51
External and internal competitions: Rewarding quality work52
Reassurance through attention
Tyrone August
53
Configuring conflict: Managing tensions with trust54
Managing HIV/Aids: You need a workplace policy56
Managing Human Resources: It’s a special relationship56
Ethics and culture
Mathatha Tsedu
58
Safety policy for journalists
Sahm Venter
60
Presenting tough decisions to staff
Amina Frense
62
Developing staff specialisations
Peet Kruger
63
Performance management
Peter du Toit
64
Succession planning: Successful transitions64
Managing gender: Building a balanced newsroom66
Managing race and diversity: Complexities and solutions72
Labour law and discipline: Tackling the hardest staff issues76
Absenteeism: How to handle the ‘sickies’78
Sexual harassment: Why it is time to take a stand79
Training for editors
Paddi Clay
80
Running an editors’ school
Ferial Haffajee
82
Some advice: An insolent editor?
Neville Stack
83
Mentoring in the newsroom
Heather Butler
84
Coaching: Strengthening your staff86
Management style: Concentrate on strengths88
Chapter 4 - Managing Content and Processes
Planning your content to alleviate the chaos
Chris Whitfield
89
Managing a paper with fractured audiences
Henry Jeffreys
90
Take a snapshot measurement: How male/female are you?92
Lessons from tackling tik
Ingo Capraro
94
Finding the ethical high road
Franz Krüger
96
Africa news from stringers
Liesl Louw
98
Using news research strategically
Izak Minnaar
99
Setting online deadlines
Rachel Stewart
100
Cartoons and cartoonists
Jonathan Shapiro
101
The truth behind writing leaders
Gavin Stewart
102
Issues with blogs
Riaan Wolmarans
102
Editorial policies: Usefulness of guidelines104
Weighing up editorial research
Jos Kuper
107
Narrative intelligence: Seeing stories as a management tool110
Sound leadership
Gaye Davis
112
Chapter 5 - Managing Business and Bosses
Managing upwards: Editors and their bosses113
Making business plans: Getting strategic114
Negotiating budgets
Kevin Ritchie
116
Vital importance of the Chinese wall
Raymond Louw
118
Being editor-publisher
Matthew Buckland
119
View from management
Mike Robertson
120
Put in guidelines and communication
Sandra Gordon
123
Surveys and supplements
Lesley Cowling & Adrian Hadland
124
Paid content in magazines
Ann Donald
125
Editorial Independence: It’s not just for editors126
Chapter 6 - Managing Politics and Publics
Alert: Reporter in trouble and how to handle it
Know the rules: No, they may NOT take away your camera
Mark van der Velden
133
Ombud as internal conscience
George Claassen
135
Self-regulation of the media: They are keeping us angels136
Dealing with critics
Snuki Zikalala
138
Editors as writers
John Conyngham
139
When to listen to lawyers
Gilbert Marcus
140
Catching flak on health at Frere
Phylicia Oppelt
142
Public intelligentsia: Bringing together the news and views 144
Surviving religious pressures
Cyril Madlala
146
Representing the enterprise
Peter Sullivan
148
Hearing readers’ complaints
Gavin Stewart
149
Freedom of expression: Free to fly for a greater purpose150
Media in democracy: Five overlapping roles to play152
Chapter 7 - Managing Change and Convergence
Bring in the changes – here’s the theory155
Change the vibe: Cultivating newsroom culture 158
Middle management: Focus on the field officers!160
Innovating new products
Peter Bruce
160
Changing strategy and internalising it
Moegsien Williams and colleagues
162
Repositioning, relaunch and redesign
Thabo Leshilo
164
Communicating through change
Paddi Clay
166
Clarifying some terms: Diverging into convergence168
Challenges of new media
Judy Sandison
170
The integrated newsroom
Ray Hartley
172
Bigger web 2.0 picture: All things digital173
New world emerging: The people are coming174
Changes in news cycles: Building a bouquet 176
Web 2.0: Unpacking the jargon178
Citizen journalism: Whose side are you on?180
Blogging
Andrew Trench
181
Staff and unions: Extra work and other convergence issues182
Chapter 8 - Appendix
Record of understanding: 1999 agreement on Section 205185
Sanef guidelines on confidential briefings and sources187