Steve Ainsley, now retired, was the Publisher of the Santa Barbara News-Press and the co-founder of the Economic Community Project twenty years ago. He now serves as the Chair of Cottage Health’s Board. He and Mark covered a wide range of topics including his thoughts about publishing, the Spotlight backstory, investigative journalism and others.
Root out what’s not right.”
His history working for the New York Times.
Santa Barbara, Tampa and as Publisher of the Boston Globe (7 papers in total)
The backstory of Spotlight, Steve came to the paper 2 years after the story broke.
His thoughts on the role of Publisher v the Editor
The watershed moment for Media
How the business model changed, which changed the industry
A deep dive into investigative journalism
What’s the highest award a paper can get? Is it worth it?
The Misson of your local, community paper
Where do millennials fit into this new publishing world?
People do read the local paper (still)
What if you want a career in journalism, what traits should you have?
A real desire to share what you’ve observed
Get a charge by how much impact you make in the community
The Economic Community Project – started in 1993
Background and history of the project
Sl-no growth citizenry and politics
How you achieve success in community efforts – invite the contrarians
His tenure at Cottage Health
His take on Healthcare and the Mission of Cottage
How you build partnerships to manifest these large community agendas