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Bob Gorman

Managing Editor

Bob Gorman is the managing editor of the Watertown NY Daily Times. A native of Detroit, Mich., he was graduated in 1974 from Randolph-Macon College, in Ashland, Va.

Before moving to Watertown in 1994 to become assistant managing editor for the Times, Gorman was a reporter and editor for 20 years at newspapers in South Carolina, and was named the state’s journalist of the year in 1979. He was named managing editor of the Times in 2002.

In 2001 Gorman served as president of the board of directors for the state bureaus of the Associated Press. He is also a member of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association.

[NY 0201] - Part 1: Intro and Contribution (9:43)

Bob Gorman, managing editor, The Watertown Daily Times, says his newspaper provides institutional memory about the region’s history. “We believe content is the reason that newspapers exist,” says Gorman. “We are telling the North Country story,” so “people can make informed decisions.”

[NY 0202] - Part 2: Content & Ethics (7:16)

Bob Gorman, managing editor, The Watertown Daily Times, says he is concerned that currently, “We (the national news media and especially cable news) are training people to believe that the people who are presenting the news are presenting an opinion with it.” At the Watertown Daily Times, says Gorman, “ We are trying to resist that.”

[NY 0203] - Part 3: Strategic Changes (4:01)

Bob Gorman, managing editor, The Watertown Daily Times, says the newspaper uses its website to showcase its news photography, which otherwise would not enjoy such wide exposure.

[NY 0204] - Part 4: Adaptation & the Future (8:17)

Bob Gorman, managing editor, The Watertown Daily Times, says his newspaper has had to adapt to the “24/7 mold.” “There is no deadline any more,” he says. “It’s all deadlines.” He also believes, “A subscription (paywall) website is going to have to happen. As soon as the big boys do that,” he says, “We’ll do it.”

[NY 0205] - Part 5: Prospects & Preparation (4:01)

Bob Gorman, managing editor, The Watertown Daily Times, says anyone seeking employment as a reporter should: “Read newspapers. Read newspapers.”