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WNN - Concord Monitor - Interviews

Meg Heckman

Community Outreach Editor

Meg Heckman is a former reporter who focuses heavily on digital and hyper-local coverage. Since joining the newsroom in 2002 she’s covered city hall, the New Hampshire State House and two presidential primaries. Meg attended the University of New Hampshire and has completed fellowships with the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and the New York Times Foundation. She is the co-author of We Went to War: New Hampshire Remembers WWII and has been honored by state and regional press associations. Meg is also the fingers behind @ConMonitorNews. When she’s not at work, Meg enjoys running, practicing yoga and skiing. She lives in Concord with her husband, Brian, and their dog, Radar.

[NH 0301] - Part 1: Introduction & Contribution (6:13)

Meg Heckman, community outreach editor, The Concord Monitor, says she has been assigned the task of “re-imagining our digital and hyper-local coverage.” “The Monitor strives to be everyone’s newspaper,” she says. We want to “give a platform to anyone who wants to talk to us or talk to our community.”

[NH 0302] - Part 2: Skills (4:24)

Meg Heckman, community outreach editor, The Concord Monitor, says she picked up her digital skills online and at workshops at the Poynter Institute. She describes her job requirements as being “a bit of a Swiss Army knife” requiring a mix of journalism skills and Internet savvy.

[NH 0303] - Part 3: Adaptation & the Future (6:31)

Meg Heckman, community outreach editor, The Concord Monitor, says her newspaper website is moving toward some sort of “paid participation.” It may be the “soft metered approach” where fees are instituted for repeat users who are not regular paid subscribers.