Robyn Tomlin, President and Editor of the News & Observer
Is 2020 both the most challenging and the most fulfilling year a journalist could have? Robyn Tomlin doesn't speak for all journalists, but as the President and Editor of the News & Observer and the Durham Herald-Sun and the southeast regional editor for nearly a dozen McClatchy newspapers, she can take the temperature of a newsroom.
We talked to her about her role as editor, how she got started in journalism, the grim reality of the economics of newspapers, as well as the record number of people who are reading her writers' content these days. We discuss how local reporting is a public good, but why it would be tricky to be publicly funded. And we talk about how current events like the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter Movement are impacting the newspaper industry as they cover them.
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Special thanks to Papa Murphy's Take N Bake Pizza of Raleigh--who is donating 15% of all Wednesday sales in July to the Wake Med Foundation--and Steele Residential, who has graciously donated their ad time during the pandemic to local non-profits, this episode they're supporting The Boys and Girls Club of Wake County.
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