Amy Haneline, a mobile producer, has worked at The Indianapolis Star for six years. She’s also an active member of the Indianapolis Newspaper Guild.
1) Why are you in the union?
I joined mostly because I wanted to know what was happening in the company. Also, I’m a woman and a mom, so I appreciate having a united voice to ensure equal treatment and good, affordable healthcare.
2) What could newsroom management do to be more friendly to journalists?
There’s the obvious: raises, more vacation days, flexible schedules, kegs of craft beer in the office. But let’s be real: support efforts to increase diversity and consider creative ways to make a better work environment.
3) What should they stop doing?
They should stop being slow to fill crucial roles in the newsroom.
4) Name one journalist who inspires you to do your job every day.
I can’t think of a single person who inspires me. I’m inspired by a community that should know what’s happening so they can make informed decisions — whether that’s choosing a political candidate or a new restaurant to try.
5) What is one piece of career advice you’d give to a young journalist just starting out?
Learn to learn. The only constant in this industry is that it changes. Oh, and work to live, don’t live to work.