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Andrew West

Managing Editor

Andy West has served as managing editor of the Delaware State News since 1996. He joined the Delaware State News as sports editor in 1990. Before that, West served as editor of The Daily Whale, Sussex Post and Leader & State Register for Independent Newspapers. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in English/Journalism. In the early years of his journalism career, West worked for Gannett’s News Journal in Wilmington, USA Today, the Saratogian in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the Reporter in Lansdale, Pa., and the family-owned Reading Eagle Co. in Reading, Pa.

[DE 0201] - Part 1: Intro and Contribution (5:47)

Andrew West, managing editor, The Delaware State News, started as a sports editor at The News in 1990. He says if newspapers were to disappear, “The people who can pay to put the spin out to the public will be the people with the most influence.”

[DE 0202] - Part 2: Ethics & Content (1:55)

Andrew West, managing editor, The Delaware State News, says The News reports “with purposeful neutrality.” The newspaper uses “no anonymous sources” and encourages its copy editors to raise red flags whenever ethical concerns are detected.

[DE 0203] - Part 3: Strategic Changes (5:05)

Andrew West, managing editor, The Delaware State News, says The News is cognizant of recent industry changes, but it is not racing to react to “each change that occurs” in the digital landscape.

[DE 0204] - Part 4: Adaptation & the Future (5:38)

Andrew West, managing editor, The Delaware State News, has taken an Internet notion about news in the digital age and given it his own twist. “News wants to be free,” says West, “but it can’t be: not in the traditional way that newspapers have been presenting it.”

[DE 0205] - Part 5: Prospects & Preparation (2:20)

Andrew West, managing editor, The Delaware State News, says there are still many opportunities in journalism, but he is concerned about young reporters who are focused on “doing everything instantaneously.” “Spend a little more time and ask more questions,” says West. “We need more answers.”