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Departing 'Indy Star' M.E.: "It's Gotten Harder" to Do Good Work

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Departing 'Indy Star' M.E.: "It's Gotten Harder" to Do Good Work

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Pam Fine, who is leaving her post as managing editor of The Indianapolis Star to teach at the University of Kansas, said she has heard from numerous other editors who say they want to make a similar move.

"I've gotten dozens and dozens of notes, which I really appreciate, including some from editors who seem to convey their own interest in possibly leaving their own newsrooms for academic jobs," she told E&P. "That sentiment is the result of perhaps both a life stage, but also because these are very difficult times to manage."

Fine, 50, said budget cuts and other industry-wide problems also played a role in her decision. "It is hard and it has gotten harder to do the kind of work here we want to do," she explained. "The demands have grown and the staff hasn't."

Asked if she believed more top editors would take the jump to teaching and non-newsroom jobs, Fine said: "I don't know. I think people are thinking about their careers and where they'd be happy. Most of my colleagues still want to be in their day to day."

Fine announced that she would leave the Star in April to become Knight Chair for News, Leadership and Community at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications in Lawrence, Kans. …

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