According to Angela Wieck, it’s never been more important for news organizations to speak truth to power.
As the Business and Community Editor for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, this Ladyboss is passionate about sharing what she learns and bringing the news to her community.
What’s your specialty/what do you do?
As business editor, I work with reporters to produce stories about new businesses and trends in the retail, technology, energy and agriculture sectors. While we have a wide network of sources, we always appreciate tips from readers. Feel free to email story pitches to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In my role as community editor, I also curate content for the Opinion page and InForum.com. To avoid any conflict of interest, I personally do not write opinion pieces. I simply select and edit letters and columns. A common misconception is that we agree with everything we publish on the Opinion page. That’s not true, but we think there is value in knowing what our friends, family and neighbors believe. There is danger in isolating ourselves from opinions that do not align with our own.
What’s the best part about what you do?
I won’t lie, I really enjoy when we land a big story before our media competitors. The best part, however, is probably getting paid to learn. One day a reporter might be writing about the effects of low soybean prices on our economy, and the next she may be writing about Bitcoin. No two days are the same, and we’re always learning something new.
What inspires you?
I believe it’s never been more important for news organizations to speak truth to power. We cover local school board, park board and city commission meetings. We question government spending on all levels. We bring you the latest news from government and medical professionals about the coronavirus pandemic. We cover local sports, entertainment and business as well.
The continued “fake news” attacks on journalism can make this a stressful profession. That’s why it’s my colleagues who inspire me. It can be a thankless job at times, but they get up every day with the same passion to deliver the news of our community.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
My mother told me at a young age that I should never rely on someone else to support me financially. Although she’d probably tell you her greatest roles in life were being a wife and mother, my mom had a long and successful career as a teacher and administrator for the Anne Carlsen School in Jamestown. She definitely brought home her share of the bacon. She taught her daughters how to contribute to a household while maintaining a measure of financial independence.
How are you taking care of yourself in 2020?
I’d love to say meditation and yoga, but the more accurate answer is a lot of Skip-Bo, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit and pinochle. My fella and I have always liked playing board games, but it became a near-nightly ritual during the first few weeks of Moorhead’s stay-at-home order. We stuck with it because it’s been a great way for us to set aside time to talk and laugh. In my opinion, laughter truly is the best medicine during these uncertain times.
What do women need right now?
My quick answers are paid birth control and equal pay for equal work. I also think a great boss or mentor is essential. I’ve been lucky to work in a number of different roles for the same person for 15 years. When I’ve lacked confidence, he’s always been there to build me up and encourage me to challenge myself. His support has helped make me the Ladyboss I am today.