Better Together: Why Collaboration Is Key In Today’s Newsrooms

There’s a lesson that we all learn in the workplace at some point: You can’t accomplish much without knowing how to collaborate.

Carla Zanoni and Jennifer Hicks work together at The Wall Street Journal. Zanoni is the Journal’s executive emerging media editor for audience development, and Hicks is the deputy managing editor of digital news. Both women have key jobs that require managing people, resources and expectations. Their jobs also require knowing how to collaborate effectively.

“In order to really innovate you need to leverage each other’s expertise,” said Zanoni. “So if we’re only relying on one group to come up with the future of journalism, whether it’s digital or traditional journalism, then we’re relying on a finite amount of resources. And once you start collaborating, you start bouncing ideas off one another, you’re really building on each other’s understandings and unique perspectives in the newsrooms.”

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