©2019 by Sammy Ragland

Sammy Ragland

I aim to ensure my future children, and their future children, and their future children have a local news source. The mission has cast me in many different roles: journalist, editor, educator, creative thinker, media innovator.


I am most proud of the people and the projects I've lead in pursuit of that goal.

 

People & Projects

Some things I brag about to my parents

 

Training editors, journalists & students

This is the part of my day-to-day that gives me the most joy. What can I say? I just can't keep a good thing to myself. I love sharing what I've learned in front of a classroom -- whether a traditional one with a whiteboard or nontraditional with a beer in hand.


Some of my favorite topics to train on: cross-platform storytelling, leadership and leading from anywhere in the room, social media & nonprofit management, getting hired. And honestly, the list goes on and on.


I've been blessed to train some of the most curious and talented journalists in the world, thanks to the Online News Association and the Poynter Institute. Other places I've facilitated workshops or trainings for include National Federation of Community Broadcasters. Kavli Foundation. The Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center. Florida Atlantic University. The University of Florida. Syracuse University. To name a few.

Let's link up.

I love my job. It's challenging and no two days are alike. I have an incredible boss/mentor who, since 2012, has allowed me to blend my God-given gift of teaching with the field of journalism, media and storytelling. I love sharing what I know -- and I'm really good at it -- so tell me: How can I help?

 

Training & workshops

Public speaking, brainstorming and ideation, lesson planning

Motivational Speaking

Leadership, management, creativity, diversity & inclusion

Digital Media Consulting

Social media strategy, audience acquisition, project management

Career Coaching

Resumes, cover letters, interviewing and social profiles

Testimonials

Word on the digital street

 

Thank you so much for speaking to our ONA LA Group on June 12. I learned so much from your presentation... I particularly valued the advice about not only about resume building as a professional narrative, but also where to look for jobs. I have spent the past two days remaking my resume and building my website. Thank you so much for your time!

Michelle Katie Licari, "Getting Hired" 2018

Collection of Conversations

A few articles I contributed to

 

An editor's guide to creating an online portfolio | The Cohort newsletter from Poynter Institute

August 9, 2018

There are many roles in journalism that don’t lend themselves to traditional clips packages — editors, strategists, engagement producers, product managers.

Samantha Ragland, the manager for digital content strategy at the Palm Beach Post, said she believes this is all about a skill journalists already possess: storytelling. 

Sam, Sammy, Samantha.

I answer to all three.

A Bit About Me

I often feel that I stumbled into my career as a journalist. The field, continually challenged by the ever-changing digital landscape, is under fire and will not go down without a fight. 


As a digital media manager, editor and leader of professional storytellers, I strive to stay curious while directing content and coverage that meets readers, watchers and listeners where they are: online and on their phones.


As a people-first manager, I strive to lead my team in captivating, informing and entertaining diverse audiences.

 

"This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine"

 

Get in Touch

Curious about my work? Think I can help you land a gig? Need a little motivation or reminding of your own giftedness? Hit me up.