Identify Skills

Identify skills that you think your newsroom staff needs and ask your staff members what skills they would like to learn or hone. Based on the information collected, create a training catalog. The catalog can help you identify the major areas that your staff is interested in and you can begin to figure out how they can become proficient in those skills – perhaps it’s a series of internal workshops your staff can do or perhaps it entails some external training opportunities or attendance at some conferences. Also, create a training calendar so you and your staff can set training deadlines accordingly – perhaps on a monthly or weekly basis.

Identify staff members that know a specific skill and have them give an internal training on that subject area to the rest of the newsroom – it can be on any type of skill including photography, video, social media optimization, headline writing, etc. You have a wealth of knowledge in your organization – maximize that knowledge across the newsroom.