William (Bill) Nangle has enjoyed a journalism career spanning nearly five decades. He began in 1963 as a free-lance correspondent selling news of his home town, Wabash, Ind., to the Marion, Ind., Leader-Tribune. Nangle joined The TIMES in 1970, having since worked as bureau chief, managing editor and for 25 years as executive editor. During his tenure the newspaper’s circulation has grown substantially with the company moving from “hot type” to digital imaging and a multitude of delivery platforms.
In 2007 he renamed The Times newsroom a media center and is making nwi.com and my.nwi.com a center for online community information and conversation. At the same time he has helped lead the staff in developing niche publications - magazines and specialty publications such as a Hispanic weekly newspaper.
[IN 0201] - Part 1: Intro & Contribution (4:29)
Bill Nangle, executive editor, The Times, says he started in journalism with a summer job that launched a 50-year career, the last 40 at the Times. He believes his newspaper produces “the connective tissue of Northwest Indiana.”
[IN 0202] - Part 2: Ethics & Content (4:09)
Bill Nangle, executive editor, The Times, says his newspaper developed its own ethics code, which stresses strict rules of attribution. The Times also bans its reporters from blogging on topics that fall within its individual reporter’s assigned beats.
[IN 0203] - Part 3: Strategic Changes (2:54)
Bill Nangle, executive editor, The Times, says his news department has written new job descriptions for reporters to encompass the diverse tasks required in the digital age.
[IN 0204] - Part 4: Adaptation & The Future (3:45)
Bill Nangle, executive editor, The Times, says the newspaper industry will have to adapt to survive. He expects to see more video and a continually blending of professional staff disciplines in the multimedia newspapers of the future.
[IN 0205] - Part 5: Prospects & Preparation (1:47)
Bill Nangle, executive editor, The Times, says reporters coming into today’s newspaper jobs need digital reporting skills to compete, but his top criteria for hiring are: “good reporting … good writing … and accuracy.”