Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - November/December 2012 - (Page 24)
interview with Mark stencel Managing Editor of Digital News, National Public Radio
by Amy Entwisle
How did you become interested in journalism?
My mother was an editor. When I was about 14, I wrote about the space program for the publication she worked for, Congressional Quarterly, and it got picked up in the Kansas City Star. Seeing my byline in a newspaper was a thrill, and the idea that I could turn my 14-year-old interests into prose that other people would want to publish was mind-blowing. I worked on student media in high school and college, and eventually realized I had ink running through my veins.
was in college. One of my first jobs after college was as a researcher for the national political desk at The Washington Post. I inherited the fastest computer in the newsroom but didn’t know how to use it. Eventually I figured out how to use it to do things that helped us tell stories, such as accessing government information about campaign finance records. I just followed my nose from there.
do you think that print and digital media can coexist?
Part of digital is print, which is one of the things I like about it. Digital media allows us to take text, sound, and pictures—whether they’re photographs, images, graphics, or maps—and make them all interact. It also allows us to give people some control over their
How did you make the transition to digital?
I was late to the digital era. I didn’t even have a computer when I
Mark Stencel holds what might be considered both a coveted and daunting position: His job entails the responsibilities inherent in a conventional newsroom, including planning news coverage and helping to attract and train journalists. But as Managing Editor of Digital News at NPR, Stencel faces the additional challenge of analyzing constantly evolving technology and ever-newer venues to identify possible tools for monitoring, gathering, and delivering the news.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - November/December 2012
Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - November/december 2012
In My Own Words
Well of Dreams
Making History Personal
A World Full of Stories
The Month of Writing Dangerously
On the Frontline of Digital Journalism
Once Upon a Summer
Awakening the Storyteller
Selected Opportunities & Resources
On the Doorstep of Discovery
When You’re Ready to Do Research
Off the Shelf
Exploring Career Options
One Step Ahead
Planning Ahead for College
Mark Your Calendar
Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - November/December 2012