America's Newspapers is proud to see so many young professionals from member newspapers on this year's E&P list of "25 Under 35," including our current Treasurer — Cameron Nutting Williams of Ogden Newspapers.
This year's list includes (in alphabetical order):
Eliza Gaines, managing editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock. She says: "My great-grandfather, grandfather and father all had the same simple rule for making our newspapers successful — put readers first. I use the same rule to guide any decisions I make."
Kayla Green, executive editor of The Sumter Item in South Carolina. She advises: "Pitch and try new ideas out. Set goals you can track in numbers or impact. Don’t be afraid to fail, and always approach the work and your interactions with a solution-minded focus. There’s no place for getting hung up on how it used to be, what would be easier or what should have been."
Joyanna Love, managing editor, The Clanton Advertiser in Alabama. She encourages young professionals to stay curious. "A continued desire to learn new things is what keeps jobs in this industry enjoyable."
Tyler Pisani, digital audience and engagement manager with The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington. He says: "The growing number of social media platforms outside of Facebook and Twitter have become de-facto news and entertainment sources for the younger audience. Publishers should work to find ways to speak to these audiences in the spaces that the audience already exists."
Zachary Richner, founder and managing partner, Arrandale Ventures. Richner says: "Surrounding yourself with a team of smart, dedicated people that you enjoy working with — both inside and outside of your organization — will help you to achieve your goals and to take advantage of these big opportunities. "
Bradley Waters, president and publisher of Rome Sentinel Co., Rome, New York. When it comes to making tough decisions, Waters says: "Being as transparent as we can with staff and even our community prevent most surprises to company changes. Tough decisions happen, but having the data and consistency, makes those tough changes easier to make and convey."
Cameron Nutting Williams, regional publisher and chief revenue officer of Ogden Newspapers and the current treasurer of America's Newspapers. Her advice to young professionals: "Get. Loud. In all seriousness, I want them to believe in what they bring to the table, believe that they are in an industry that welcomes fighters and new ideas. Do everything you can to connect with other people that believe there is a positive future for our work and dig in alongside them."