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WNN - The Gazette - Interviews

Cathy Terukina

VP Administration

Cathy Terukina is V.P. Administration for The Gazette Company. She oversees all the content gatherers for The Gazette and KCRG-TV, in addition to managing Human Resources and Organizational Development. Terukina started at The Gazette Company in 2005. Her current responsibilities represent The Gazette Company’s efforts to inject new thinking into the management of its newsgathering enterprises.

[IA 0201] - Part 1: Introduction (5:26)

Cathy Terukina, V.P. administration, Source Media, The Gazette, oversees all the “content gatherers” for The Gazette and KCRG-TV, in addition to managing Source Media’s Human Resources and Organizational Development. Terukina started at Source Media in November 2005. Terukina’s current responsibilities represent the Gazette Company’s efforts to inject new thinking into the management of its newsgathering enterprises. Terukina says she has no control over content at The Gazette, but she does guide the newsroom managers with the management of “organizational issues.” Terukina is working to help Source Media “create a richer, deeper network of information to help people [the audience] get smarter.”

[IA 0202] - Part 2: The Gazette Organizational Model (9:59)

Cathy Terukina, V.P. administration, Source Media, The Gazette, says they’re asking, “How do we re-imagine the way we engage with our communities? How do we re-imagine our role as a journalist?” “We’ve spent a lot of time,” says Terukina, “thinking about how a journalist should and would engage and act and go about their work in this new environment.” In this interview Terukina explains many of the questions her reporting staff is probing.

[IA 0203] - Part 3: The Gazette Mission (6:42)

Cathy Terukina, V.P. administration, Source Media, The Gazette, says her news organization wants to “help the community grow and thrive.” To rationalize their newsgathering operations, Source Media is merging its TV and newspaper reporting staffs into one “common newsroom.” Terukina says she is working to meld two cultures – TV reporters and print reporters. “We need these groups to work together,” she says.

[IA 0204] - Part 4: Changing the Journalism Paradigm (5:15)

Cathy Terukina, V.P. administration, Source Media, The Gazette, says she want her reporters to abandon their independent stance “to some extent … not to become an advocate, but to become an activist.” She wants her reporters find more than two sides to each story, “to have more conversations” when preparing their stories and “maybe not be so neutral on the topic … and, by simply staying behind the wall, it’s difficult to do that.” “We’re so careful about not showing any bias,” says Terukina, “even if we engaged a little bit more, it would be a richer experience and it wouldn’t compromise our position.” “That’s what the community wants,” says Terukina. “They want to get smarter.”