Robin Blinder | Editor and publisher
I write this editorial while sitting squarely in 2021 and looking ahead to the year ahead. Our New Year will have roared by the time you read this. It’s tempting to view the coming New Year as a clean slate, but in reality, we take with us much of what came before. Our performance of the previous year prepares us for the objectives of the new year. Whether you make resolutions or not, you have metrics you’ll use throughout the year—budgets, headcount, revenue goals, timelines…and maybe a resolution or two.
2021 has been another year of extreme change – and challenge. As we prepared this first issue of 2022 for you, we were reminded of how difficult the past year has been. On January 6, 2021, a group of insurgents stormed the Capitol building in an attempt to stop our Congress from doing its job. Our cover story, “From the Front Lines, to the Home Front,” shows you that this horrific event is not unique. While it’s easy to stick your head in the sand and pretend it wasn’t that bad, there are reporters who will tell you that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Unfortunately, there are too few journalists covering this sometimes dangerous situation.
Last year also brought changes to our workplaces. Our story, “Newsroom unions check the power of the industry,” is an example of the challenge some of our newsrooms and some of our journalists face in this new work environment. And our digital story, “Post-pandemic newsrooms have a new look,” reports on how newsrooms across the country are handling the return (or not) to work with COVID-19 in its second year. .
To start the year off right, we’re highlighting how salespeople are rising to the challenges with our first class of E&P “Sales Superstars.” As we prepare for that salvation in 2021, the wisdom and enthusiasm of each winner ensures they will continue their success in 2022. Another section, “Revenue Summary: Events and Sponsorships,” is full of ideas for successful events. that have helped newsrooms meet their revenue challenges.
Finally, we introduce a new feature, “The J-School Beat,” which features E&P’s first intern and our ongoing efforts to include voices and news from journalism schools across the country. “Making News at Medill,” an A-section story, is also part of our effort to include news from j-schools and their impact on our industry.
At E&P, we resolve to continue to do our best to serve you, our readers, advertisers and the news publishing community in the coming year. We invite your comments, reviews and stories. A quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin (in a more patriarchal age) expresses a beautiful resolution for all of us: “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better (man)” Good year 2022!
Robin Blinder is Associate Editor and Vice President of Editorial. She has worked at E&P for two years.