Liz Monteiro is preparing for ‘what’s next’

Submitted by markbriggs on Sat, 02/28/2009 – 7:07pm

Conversationalist 1: Liz Monteiro

Conversationalist 2: Mark Briggs

Liz Monteiro has spent 17 years at the  Waterloo Region Record. She is now a full-time master’s student, too, focusing on journalists and how they negotiate their identities in this time of change. “Canadian news organizations have been slower to change than those in the U.S.,” she says.

She is looking forward to refreshing her point of view on journalism. She is currently working amidst a “sea of negativity” since the newspaper just went through a round of painful layoffs. Her hope for the workshop is two–tiered: “invigorate myself, and reinvent myself. I don’t think Record will exist as it is right now so I’m preparing for what’s next.”

She is invigorated by other examples, especially those found on American journalist’s blogs. “We’re not the only expert and the readers can help us.”

Liz say her ability to talk to people and get them to tell her stories has long been her strength, but now she wonders if that makes her special compared to anyone else who tries to do that. She feels her experience as a journalist has to count for something, though, especially her ability to put a story into a larger context. “I want to be collaborative and learn from others,” she says.

Newspapers are the cornerstone of democracy, they hold government accountable, according to Liz. She feels like that it’s slipping away. She wants to help find new ways we can still have “some of that core stuff.”

Liz doesn’t think we’ll have a printed product like we have today. She does think journalism can sustain itself somehow, though. “I truly do believe they will be reincarnated in another way,” LIz said.

About Peggy Holman

Peggy Holman supports organizations and communities to uncover creative responses to complex challenges using innovative engagement processes. The Change Handbook, co-authored with Tom Devane and Steven Cady, documents many such processes. The book is the considered the definitive resource for leaders and consultants working to increase resilience, agility, and collaboration in organizations and other social systems. Peggy co-founded Journalism that Matters in 2001 with three journalists to support the pioneers who are shaping the emerging news and information ecology. Peggy’s latest book, Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity, supports people facing disruptions to invite others to join them in realizing new possibilities.
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