Recorded on March 23, 2017
Award-winning editorial writer Michael Smith of the Spartanburg (S.C.) Herald-Journal explains how he crafts his editorials, and offers pointers for keeping the community conversation vibrant, all while maintaining a fast-paced newsroom.
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Michael Smith is the executive editor of the Spartanburg (S.C.) Herald-Journal, as well as three
North Carolina newspapers — the Gaston Gazette, Hendersonville Times-News and Shelby Star. He’s a two-time Best of GateHouse Editorial Writer of the Year, edging out writers from larger papers like the Columbus Dispatch and Providence Journal for the honor. Independent judges in the 2016 Best of GateHouse contest said this of his writing: “Michael Smith’s editorials cast clear moral purpose in strong language.”