23. Managing a newsroom

A newsroom manager manages men whose job blurs the line between their private and professional lives and production can’t be measured quantitatively. In a newsroom, a leader is an expert, and sometimes a father. 

The newsroom director is a senior journalist.

He’s an expert in news production. He knows to gauge the pictures, the form and content of the packages, the informational quality and its conformity to the editorial line.

He’s a senior manager.

He rounds up the journalists and technical teams to produce the packages broadcast. He builds the teams and is mindful that the production sticks to the editorial line, is in agreement with deontology and is correctly technically produced. He masters the principles and constraints or the production line, just as he masters the rules of leadership and team management.

Here are his areas of competence and seniority.