Sara Konrad Baranowski, 34, editor, Times Citizen, Iowa Falls, Iowa: "As a crossover reporter with the paper’s in-house radio station and now as editor, she has led the convergence effort within the company and has published a book focusing on the topic of newspaper evolution and the different business models being pursued. Her advice for peers: "Be ambitious. When you have the opportunity to learn a new skill, take it."
Danielle Gordon-Broome, 28, editor, Swan Valley Star and Times, Swan River, Manitoba, "has encouraged the use of social media in the newsroom and increased traffic to the paper’s website. In addition, she directed a massive update and redesign of the newspaper layout that had not been done in more than 15 years." Her advice for peers: "It’s not your background or education that makes you a good journalist. It’s your dedication, your passion, your creativity and the vision you put behind every piece."
Tommy Felts, 31, managing editor, The Ottawa Herald, Ottawa, Kansas: "he literally wears his pride for the newspaper on his personally-purchased company polo shirts daily though he knows wearing it often may invite as many critiques as it does praise from the public," says Editor-Piblisher Jeanny Sharp. Felts's advice for peers: "Don’t ignore journalism industry trends, but don’t follow them blindly either."
Adam Silverman, 35, associate editor for news and audience development, Burlington Free Press, Vermont: "Silverman was elevated to associate editor last year due in part to his leadership, dedication and work in helping the Free Press shift from a broadsheet to a compact tabloid." His advice for peers: "Be tenacious, fearless and flexible. We have a great public trust as journalists, and it’s incumbent upon us to take that seriously. . . . Vigorously pursue your watchdog role."
Eric Lane Stearley, 24, editor, The Paper of Wabash County, Wabash, Indiana: "Stearley strives to bring his audience of 16,000 the most current, relevant, and meaningful news stories, paired with stunning images in an updated layout." His advice for peers: "Don’t underestimate your community. Great journalism doesn’t have to come from a big city publication, and it doesn’t have to have a global focus." (Read more)