Turning inner space into outer space

March 21, 2012

Let's make their hindsight our foresight

Quote of the day from Amanda Bennett, former editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

We editors are brave at standing up to power or danger or opprobrium — as long as it is coming from the outside. We are surprisingly weak at facing down the stares from within our own newsroom when we hear, “That’s not what we do,” “That’s not my beat,” or “We’ve never done that.” How many more times should I have said “Yes it is,” “It’s your beat now,” “It’s time to try.” I should have been braver at recognizing the difference between a reverence for the past and a reluctance to face the future.

Link: What former top newspaper editors would have done differently