Rachel Schallom

Photo by Brent Lobdell

I am an award-winning newsroom leader and strategist with a passion for managing teams, developing and refining content strategies and growing audiences.

I have previously worked as the managing editor at VICE, a strategist at the Wall Street Journal, and at Fusion, the Sun Sentinel, the Los Angeles Times and the Huntsville Times.

I've written for Poynter, Nieman Lab and Source, among others, about the media industry and issues impacting women in journalism. I was a member of the 2016 ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media class.

I curate a successful newsletter highlighting interesting things happening in digital journalism and have been an adjunct professor teaching coding for journalism students. I have spoken at national and international conferences and am dedicated to making journalism a more equal place for women to work.

I block out time on Fridays to chat with women and people of color in journalism.

I read a lot of books.

Get in touch at rschallom@gmail.com or on Twitter. I've always open to talking about consulting, speaking, writing or leading training.

Photo by Elizabeth Renstrom


The stakes are higher for women in charge of safety | Poynter

Raise your hand if you're new here | Poynter

A guide for managers on navigating performance reviews | Poynter

Know when to leave your job | Poynter

The state of fertility benefits across the journalism industry | Poynter

An editor's guide to creating an online portfolio | Poynter

Nearly three years later, a WDBJ anchor shares how her newsroom survived tragedy | Poynter

Women in public-facing journalism jobs are exhausted by harassment | Poynter

Finding a personal style at work is full of roadblocks for women | Poynter

Helping junior colleagues lead can help you grow as a manager | Poynter

Why volunteering for opportunities at work is critical for women | Poynter

Better design helps differentiate opinion and news | Nieman Lab

Women feel the emotional weight of telling our stories | Society of Professional Journalists

Stop flying over the flyover states | Nieman Lab

An open letter to newsroom hiring managers | Source

Good code runs on good communication | Source

Journalism needs better skills training | Source

Why designers travel | Society of News Design


Women In Journalism 2019: Professional development & career growth

ONA St. Louis 2018: Professional development & brand building

SRCCON 2018: Reflecting on how the media covers itself

NICAR 2017: How to make data approachable for younger audiences

NICAR 2016: Co-facilitated the mentorship roundtable

SRCCON 2015: How to manage interactive projects when you're a team of one


Why are job interviews getting so complicated? | NPR's Marketplace

Earn while you learn: VICE pays US journalism students for pitching mental health stories | Journalism UK

A Q&A with SRCCON:POWER speaker Rachel Schallom | Source