Daniel Bradley, a vice president for the Indianapolis Newspaper Guild, began working for The Indianapolis Star part-time in 2004 while attending Butler University. He was hired full-time in 2006.
1) Why are you in the union?
Given layoffs and other cutbacks in the newspaper industry, it is important for employees to organize and collectively support their own interests. As an officer, I appreciate the responsibility that comes with the position of representing my co-workers.
2) What could newsroom management do to be more friendly to journalists?
Hiring and filling empty desks should be a top priority of management. Filling positions will allow us to better serve the community, and also help lighten the workload of our over-stressed staff and improve morale. Also, in the age of people recklessly throwing around the phrase “fake news,” it is especially important for management to support the journalists on staff and be transparent with the public and explain how much we value accuracy.
3) What should they stop doing?
Valuing shareholders more than journalism (and journalists).
4) Name one journalist who inspires you to do your job every day.
Not to cop out on an answer, but it is impossible to pick one. I never cease to be impressed and inspired by the journalists I know at The Star and those I read in other publications.
5) What is one piece of career advice you’d give to a young journalist just starting out?
Read widely on many topics. You will be more versatile as a journalist, and you never know when learning a new topic will open new professional opportunities.