Hiring & Careers

At the end of 2017, we held the first-ever SRCCON:WORK, an event focused on hiring, careers, and work culture for news nerds and the people who work with them. We asked our session facilitators for links to resources they keep coming back to, and they offered a trove of great pieces, supplemented here with favorites of our own.


  1. 5 Tips to Help You Figure Out What to Do With Your Life

    By Millie Tran, The New York Times

    The New York Times’ Global Growth Editor Millie Tran’s framework for figuring out what to do with your life. (HT Erin Grau)

  2. An Open Letter to Newsroom Hiring Managers

    By Rachel Schallom

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    The hiring process in our field is very frequently slipshod, confusing, and inhumane. Simple changes can fix the worst problems, and this letter explains how.

  3. Building a Diverse Newsroom

    By Lam Thuy Vo

    Resources to help you build a diverse newsroom, with special focus on hiring and handling group discussions in ways that respect and include your whole team. (HT Lo Bénichou)

  4. Ms. Management: The Hard Work of Hiring Well

    By Stacy-Marie Ishmael

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    Research and guidelines for revamping the hiring process in newsrooms, including interviewer preparation, fighting the impulse to use “culture fit” to maintain a monoculture, working around bias, and more.

  5. 5 Ways to Make Your Job Descriptions Stronger

    By Melody Kramer, Poynter

    Getting the word out beyond your usual network, using more inclusive and helpful language, dealing with weird new roles, and much more.

  6. Why Women Don’t Apply for Jobs Unless They’re 100% Qualified

    By Tara Sophia Mohr, Harvard Business Review

    A deeper look at the statistic that reported that women tend to not apply for jobs unless they’re 100% qualified—and how to work around common hiring biases that work against women candidates. Useful for applicants, but also essential reading for people who make hiring decisions. (HT Chao Li)

  7. Ms. Management: This Isn’t the Diverse Newsroom You’re Looking For

    By Stacy-Marie Ishmael

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    Notes and resources to begin to overcome the failure of newsrooms to achieve real equity in hiring and management, including links on implicit bias, geographical and class diversity, and the problem of gendered differences in performance reviews.

  8. Journalism Needs Better Skills Testing

    By Rachel Schallom

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    Interviews are terrible. We need better ways to evaluate candidates’ skills. A report back from a SRCCON session devoted to outlining alternatives to bad interviewing techniques.

  9. Ms. Management: I Hope You Find the Time to Read this Column

    By Stacy-Marie Ishmael

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    Writing better job listings is step one—plus a meditation on soft language masking misuse of power.

  10. Manager Checklist

    Are you new to management? Feeling stuck? This list is a fun, helpful framework for your role as a people manager, and includes daily, weekly, and regular to-dos that you might not think of if you haven’t been formally trained in management. (HT Kaeti Hinck)

  11. Women in Product—Resources

    A gold mine of information and inspiration for women, or anyone, interested in building things—including their career, emerging tech products or their confidence. It’s a relatively new organization, but product management is also a very new practice in news. The more resources and guides we have to help us practice good product management, as well as explain its value to others within our organization, the better! (HT Sarah Schmalbach)

  12. What I Learned from Researching Newsroom On-boarding and Off-Boarding Processes

    By Sandhya Kambhampati

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    Original research on how newsrooms handle bringing new people into their teams—and letting them go—plus insights on how it could all work better.

  13. In the Middle

    By Kim Bui

    An ongoing newsletter by Kim Bui about being a “middle,” for new and emerging leaders. Covers management, work-life balance, self-care, and more. (HT Emma Carew Grovum.)

  14. The Whole of Work

    By Mandy Brown

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    Building teams and processes to produce better work while keeping your people healthier and happier by reducing alienation and compartmentalization.

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