An Editor's New Role
Rogers went on to earn dozens of other awards for breaking news, newswriting, feature writing, design, photography, and in other areas from the MPA, the Society of Professional Journalists, and Suburban Newspapers of American. "Among my career highlights as an editor was helping lead The Dexter Leader to Newspaper of the Year twice and The Chelsea Standard once," she writes.
Rogers has also been a notable force in integrating more multimedia and technology into journalism--though not without criticism. "In September 2011, Jack Lessenberry wrote a column for the Metro Times titled 'How to Kill Journalism,' referring to me, without naming me, and my blog post 'A reporter with today's tools should use them,'" recalls Rogers. "Basically, he called me a 'technology-crazed' editor and the grim reaper of journalism."
But over more than two decades, Rogers has moved nimbly through a fast-changing journalistic landscape. The Kentucky-based Journal Register Company is the fourth owner she's worked for since starting at the Leader twenty-one years ago. She was promoted to managing editor of all eight publications for Heritage Media-West in July, 2009--the same month that the Ann Arbor News closed, and JRC launched its weekly Ann Arbor Journal. "When I was named managing editor, I continued with the editor responsibilities for Saline and Milan, and Ann Arbor was added to my plate, as well as the task of coordinating all regional content and overseeing a staff of 14 news and sports reporters," Rogers emails.