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  • What is the goal of this program?
    LEDE (Leadership Education Development Enterprise) will teach editors the skills they will need to lead in the next decade, preparing them to move into higher management positions within their own newsrooms or across GateHouse.
    How does the program work?
    Up to 10 editors selected from the application process annually will participate in an eight-month training program, featuring two three-day training sessions at the News & Interactive Division offices in Downers Grove, Ill., and a two-day visit to another newsroom within GateHouse. The class will also participate in a series of conference calls and webinars. Editors will also learn about departments at their newspaper and develop a simple newspaper improvement project involving another department at their site.
    Who should apply for this program?
    Editors who want to advance in management — either within their own newsroom or at another GateHouse property — are encouraged to apply. These include top editors at small newspapers (under 10,000 circulation and weekly newspapers) and key section editors (city editors, assistant managing editors) at larger newspapers. Applicants must be open to the possibility of moving to take a position at GateHouse properties in their region or across the country.
    What is the time commitment for this program?
    There will be up to nine days of travel and training over the eight-month program. An additional four to five hours will be required each of the eight months for webinars, conference calls, a self-teaching program and project development.
    Must I be willing to move to another state to be considered for the program?
    Yes. The goal of the program is to prepare a pool of candidates for positions wherever they may open in the company. If selected for an interview, this will be one of the questions for discussion. Reimbursement for any moving costs associated with transferring to another GateHouse property will be determined by local management during the hiring process.
    How will participants be chosen for this program?
    Selections will be based on the application, recommendations and an interview with News & Interactive staff.
    What are some of the topics that will be covered in this program?
    Sessions will include: how to reshape coverage, examining your structure and workflow, how to really plan and implement big changes, getting new initiatives launched, how to manage a news financial budget; and a look at the current state of the industry and GateHouse Media. Also, a look at where we’re headed with content development, including sessions on online credibility and future mobile and website plans.
    Will there be any cost for me to attend this program?
    No. All costs are covered by the GateHouse News & Interactive Division.
    Page 2 of 2 - Once a LEDE member graduates, what is the process for moving to a new position?
    As positions open in GateHouse, News & Interactive will consider LEDE graduates if the job is potentially a good fit. N&I will contact the LEDE graduate's publisher, then the LEDE graduate for a discussion. If the LEDE member would like to move forward, N&I will then contact the publisher where the job is open to promote the LEDE graduate as a possible candidate. At that point, the decision and next steps rest with the hiring publisher and LEDE graduate.
    What if I am not a LEDE member or graduate and am interested in a GateHouse position posted at GHNewsroom.com or elsewhere?
    First, let your publisher or editor know you are interested in pursuing another position in the company. News & Interactive staff are available to discuss what we know about the company's papers, but any communication beyond that would be between the hiring publisher and the potential candidate.

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