Thursday, December 03, 2009

Sacramento Bee Editor Melanie Sill offers career advice

SACRAMENTO, California, USA - The executive editor of The Sacramento Bee newspaper told the CSU, Sacramento column-writing class that there is more journalism going on in the world than ever, but finding ways to make it profitable - or even pay for itself - is the challenge.

Melanie Sill, who came to the newspaper in 2007,  told the students that the newspaper industry is stable right now, after rounds of cost-cutting, but still trying to figure out how they fit into the new media landscape.

Sill took over as editor from Rick Rodriguez, who left abruptly in a disagreement with then-Bee publisher Janis Heafy over the direction of the newspaper.

Sill's background includes 25 years with the Raleigh, North Carolina News & Observer, where she was editor just prior to taking the position in Sacramento.