Rachel Schallom

I'm the managing editor for VICE and a biweekly columnist for Poynter. I write a weeklyish newsletter highlighting interesting things in digital journalism. I've been an adjunct professor teaching coding for journalism students and have spoken at national and international conferences. I was a member of the 2016 ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media class and am part of the initiative to provide free coaching for women in journalism.

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  1. Turn Your Critical Lens Inward

    A Q&A with SRCCON:POWER speaker Rachel Schallom

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    Our Q&A; with SRCCON:POWER speaker Rachel Schallom on why industry coverage matters.

  2. Reinventing the Wheel, Over and Over Again

    Without hiring training, most managers develop their own process—and rely on Google spreadsheets

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    Like most managers within the journalism industry, Squire received no training or guidance on how to hire. Hiring managers are left to develop their own systems, and a candidate’s experience at a company can widely vary depending on how the hiring manager does things.

  3. Journalism Needs Better Skills Testing

    Thoughtful tests—and good alternatives—from our SRCCON session

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    The main takeaway was to be intentional about your hiring process.

  4. When Hiring Isn’t Hell It Looks Like This

    Great hiring experiences stand out; here are a few

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    Last week, I published an open letter to hiring managers highlighting how broken the hiring process is in journalism. The response was overwhelming. Almost all of the feedback was from people, mostly women, sharing stories of similar, frustrating experiences. That made the good experiences shine like gems, so I asked people to tell me more about what good hiring practices and processes stood out to them while interviewing and hiring.

  5. An Open Letter to Newsroom Hiring Managers

    Let’s build a hiring process that leads to a stronger newsroom and less misery

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    How newsroom hiring practices can serve everyone better.

  6. Good Code Runs on Good Communication

    What we learned building an interactive team at the Sun Sentinel

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    When I started the interactive team at the Sun Sentinel in 2013, I thought the biggest challenge would be the code. I was wrong. Experimentation, no matter the size, requires creating new processes and collaborating in new ways. For the next two years, I worked closely with reporters and editors to plan, shape and create interactive journalism, retooling the already fantastic journalism coming out of the newsroom to reach audiences in a sophisticated way online. Most of the time we were successful; occasionally it didn’t work out. The biggest thing I learned was that getting things done in a newsroom only works when everyone is on the same team.

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