Management: Hiring to reflect the community you cover

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Amy Pyle of USA TODAY Network; Rick Rodriguez of Arizona State University; Martin G. Reynolds of The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education; Mi-Ai Parrish of The Arizona Republic
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 24 at 11:30am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 1-3
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Martin G. Reynolds, The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

Developing a workforce that is reflective of your community remains a challenge for most news organizations. The obstacles are plentiful, but success is not impossible. It takes commitment and a plan. Come hear from three newsroom leaders about the challenges, successes and specific steps they took (or know need to be taken) to ensure news organizations are reflective of society.

Speaker Bios

  • Mi-Ai Parrish leads strategic vision for Arizona's largest media company, which is the largest local news operation in the USA TODAY Network. She's been President of Republic Media since 2015; was President of Kansas City Star Media prior; was President of Idaho Statesman, in various newsrooms previously. On boards of Cronkite, Poynter, Sandra Day O'Connor, GPL, GPEC, Banner Foundation. UofMd journalism grad. @publishorperish

  • Amy Pyle is USA TODAY's National Investigations Editor, guiding multi-platform projects created by a team of reporters based across the country in collaboration with other teams, including reporters and editors around the Gannett Network. Previously, Amy was Editor in Chief at The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she helped launch the successful Reveal radio show/podcast and oversaw numerous award-winning projects. @amy_pyle

  • Martin G. Reynolds is Co-Executive Director of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. He also directs the Reveal Investigative Fellowships. Reynolds is the former editor-in-chief of The Oakland Tribune (CA), and was a lead editor on the Chauncey Bailey Project, formed to investigative the slaying of the former Oakland Post editor. Reynolds is a lead trainer for the Maynard Institute, focusing on cultural competency and community engagement.

  • Rick Rodriguez is a Southwest Borderlands Initiative professor of practice at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication. Prior to joining the Cronkite School, Rodriguez was executive editor and senior vice president of the Sacramento Bee, where he built one of the most diverse staffs in the country and which won many of journalism's top awards. He was the first Latino elected president of the American Society of News Editors.

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