Hiring Better Practices Playbook

Newsroom leaders, hiring managers and job candidates agree: the journalism hiring process is fraught right now, especially in local news.

Leaders and managers are under pressure to make smart hires under tight budgets, quick timelines and an industry in flux. Early-career candidates must navigate uncertainty along with their need to gain experience, learn new skills and earn a living wage. Everyone is concerned with newsroom culture, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and working conditions in a time of increased burnout and turnover.

Created in partnership with Reynolds Journalism Institute, the Better Hiring Practices Playbook is an effort to gather the wisdom of dozens of smart folks in the industry and share it in an easily accessible format.

The playbook is divided into two sections by audience: One for hiring managers and one for applicants, though we hope both audiences can learn from each other.

Read the entire playbook on Reynold Journalism Institute’s site and please email cislm@unc.edu with any questions, feedback or resource to include.