I just got finished reading a great post by Miranda Watling on her blog Miranda Writes. Miranda is young journalist in a newsroom much like any in the country. Her paper has taken note of multimedia story telling in a big way. But what’s important to note is her satisfaction that she is part of the process of ideas, and finds happiness by simply being asked to participate the staff meetings usually only attended by senior staff.
I, too, enjoyed the ability to attend the daily staff meetings of The Herald. There was never a closed door – in my opinion – when I would show up to sit in on those meetings. That’s something I appreciated very much, and something I valued when I thought I wasn’t being heard. There was a great sense of feeling that my input mattered.
It’s important that leaders make an effort to show their employees that everyone’s opinion matters. Today, we’re often dealing with new technologies: social networking, podcasting and YouTube. Who better to give incite on how to entice young readers than that reporter sitting at her desk with those little white ear buds?