Editor & Publisher

Sarah Jane Weaver

Deseret News Vice President and Church News Executive Editor, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah

First job in news:

Pulliam Journalism Fellowsip with the Arizona Republic in Phoenix.

What are some of the most important lessons you have learned while working in news?

The most important lessons I have learned while working in the news industry include:

1. Nothing can replace hard work. 2. It is more important to be trusted than to be loved.

3. While technology has changed how news is shared, many things remain the same — the pursuit of truth; appreciation for grammar, spelling and powerful writing; and the ability to build and foster sources and other relationships.

When you reflect on your career to date, what brings you the greatest sense of accomplishment?

My most significant accomplishments include working with a team of professionals to help the Deseret News transition from a daily print newspaper to a digital media company with broad reach and influence. This includes responsibility for the growth of a key product, the Church News. Once a weekly print tabloid, the publication that highlights news and events of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has grown to include a rebranded print product and website, translation into Spanish and Portuguese, an app, a podcast, social media accounts, daily and weekly newsletters and video production.

What are your predictions for where news publishing/news media is heading?

There has never been a time in history when the truth was more needed. Trusted news brands and products will be essential in a world defined by artificial intelligence and media polarization.

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Editor and Publisher