Michael Days


Michael Days is an executive VP and editor of the Philadelphia Daily News. Since joining the paper 25 years ago he has served as managing editor, deputy managing editor, and was named editor in 2005. Under his leadership the paper has won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 2010. Days earned a master’s degree from the University of Missouri, School of Journalism. He is a McCormick Fellow and graduate of the Media Management Center’s Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University. He served on the APME national board and is editor of its quarterly magazine, APME NEWS.

[PA 0201] - Part 1: Intro & Contribution (7:07)

Michael Days, editor, Philadelphia Daily News, says his newspaper, an urban tabloid, puts considerable energy into watchdog reporting. As evidence of that, The News, which calls itself “the people’s paper,” won a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

[PA 0202] - Part 2: Ethics & Content (3:25)

Michael Days, editor, Philadelphia Daily News, says he is not sure the average reader can differentiate between the quality of information reported by his newspaper’s professional staff and what bloggers are writing in seat-of-the-pants commentaries on the Internet.

[PA 0203] - Part 3: Strategic Changes (3:02)

Michael Days, editor, Philadelphia Daily News, says “five or six years ago people [in the newsroom] were balking,” but now his reporting staff is trying hard to

[PA 0204] - Part 4: Adaptation & The Future (4:32)

Michael Days, editor, Philadelphia Daily News, says when he started at The News, in 1986, people said: “Why did you come here? The News will be closed in six months.” So predictions about the death of newspapers don’t resonate with him. Days says The News has endured by narrowing its focus to politics, sports, education and celebrities.

[PA 0205] - Part 5: Prospects & Preparation (2:06)

Michael Days, editor, Philadelphia Daily News, believes newspapers will be around for a long time and will be the core of community news coverage, but he is not as confident there will be as many newsroom jobs in the future.