Director leaving Reynolds to lead APME NewsTrain

by February 27, 2014

Reynolds Center Executive Director Linda Austin teaches at a workshop in Fort Worth in 2012.

After five years of leading the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, I’m leaving the center in March and will become project manager of APME’s NewsTrain.

The change fits with a shift in my personal life. I am moving back east, where I am starting an international training consultancy. Stay tuned for details @LindaAustin_.

I have so enjoyed working with you all to improve business coverage. Receiving feedback such as this on a regular basis has been unbelievably gratifying:

  • “I’ve always been thrown into beats and stories without any preparation. The Reynolds Center is a godsend.” – Mary Lisa Gavenas, freelancer
  • “I regularly check the site for tips and resources – and I always come away knowing so much more.” – Lily Leung, Orange County Register
  • “The Reynolds Center transformed me into a better business journalist.”– Brad Kane, Hartford Business Journal

Those kind words are echoed in the annual survey we do of our trainees. Ninety-six percent graded our training as either an A or a B, and 94 percent said they would recommend Reynolds training to a colleague.

Maintaining that record now falls to my top-notch colleagues, who are more than up to the task. Working with them to help other journalists improve their skills is an amazing opportunity. If you or someone you know is interested in the training director position, please apply here. We are also looking for a marketing manager.

I am ever so grateful to the many people who’ve contributed to the center’s success. So a big “thank you” to:

  • The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, which has generously devoted millions to funding the center since its inception in 2003.
  • The more than 20,000 journalists who have attended our training and the thousands who have visited our website or followed us on social media. You’re the reason we exist: to help you cover business better. We really appreciate your taking advantage of our offerings and suggesting how we can improve them.
  • Our trainers and bloggers, who are the heart-and-soul of what we do here at the center. We are in your debt for the time, energy and expertise you share with your fellow journalists.
  • The many wonderful organizations, universities and media outlets with which we’ve partnered. It takes a village
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    Mark Horvit of Investigative Reporters and Editors and Linda Austin (rear of class) help attendees of a Reynolds Center workshop before the Native American Journalists Association Conference in Phoenix in 2013.

    to raise a profession’s skill set, and we’ve been honored to work with the American Copy Editors Society, Asian American Journalists Association, Association of Alternative Newsmedia, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, NPR, Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), Radio TV Digital News Association,  Society of American Business Editors and Writers, Society of Environmental Journalists, Society of Professional Journalists, Texas Center for Community Journalism, plus many more groups, media outlets and universities.

  • The talented people I have had the privilege of working with at the Reynolds Center. You cannot find folks more committed to improving the quality of business journalism than Kelly Carr, Andrew Leckey, Cassandra Nicholson and Robin J. Phillips.
  • My other colleagues at the Cronkite School, from Dean Christopher Callahan on down. They have been unfailingly supportive of the center’s efforts and gladly shared their talents and time.

In this role, I’ve been privileged to get to know so many exceptional journalists. I hope to work with many of you in my new role at NewsTrain, which offers high-quality, low-cost training through regional workshops. What we do as journalists is critical to a democratic society; we owe it to ourselves and our audiences to continually improve our skills.