Social engineering in newsrooms with Hamilton and Burr

Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, two of the most successful guys operating during the dawn of American politics, faced a problem very similar to the ones we have in newsrooms today. They wanted to get things done at a breakneck pace, but the politics of dealing with other people slowed them down.

To talk about this, I put together a session at SRCCON in 2019 so conference attendees could explore these topics as a group.

Here’s the piece I wrote after the session. I recapped suggestions for how to approach challenges like being stuck between two managers, having someone quietly kill your idea, accidentally overstepping someone, and more.

A woman with curly blonde hair holds sticky notes for people gathered around, sorting the sticky notes into groups.

A photo from the conference session at SRCCON. (Credit: Keila Vizcarra)