Category Archives: Systems theory

In newsrooms, failure is often caused by faulty systems, not people

As a manager, you may ask yourself “why aren’t my employees doing what I want them to do.” Let me just caution you against the knee-jerk reaction most of us have – it is rarely because they are “lazy.” There … Continue reading

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Bringing the Phoenix Cycle under control: how college media can avoid a boom-and-bust cycle

  A common phenomenon plagues many college media companies. I have come to call it the “phoenix cycle.” The phoenix cycle plagues newspapers, TV stations, radio stations, yearbooks, magazines — pretty much any student-run media entity. And I would venture … Continue reading

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The tale of the broken car: why working harder won’t save the journalism industry

Let’s talk today about what will not fix the journalism business model — working harder. First, let me just say this: After being in newsrooms now for 17 years and after serving on the boards of directors for two nonprofit … Continue reading

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