Baltimore Sun Media
Baltimore Sun Media Managing Editor Sam Davis notes the most effective management style he used during the COVID-19 pandemic was patience.
“What we’ve experienced in 2020 and 2021 is unprecedented for this generation, and frankly no one was really prepared,” he said. “We all adjusted as we learned more about this pandemic. What I tried to do as a leader during this time was be as transparent as possible with employees and be reasonable in my expectations under the circumstances. I tried to listen to the concerns and fears and find solutions so that our staffs could continue to do the kind of award-winning work we’re so proud of at Baltimore Sun Media.”
For more than 40 years, Davis has been a part of the Baltimore-based media company, starting as an editorial assistant and working his way up the sports department to his current position as managing editor in 2016. He also served as an adjunct professor teaching sports writing to journalism students at Morgan State University from 1998 to 2008.
Influenced by several editors who mentored him over his four-decade career, Davis said his management style is a “combination of all those talented editors rolled into one.”
During the pandemic, Davis knew information was difficult to come by for many.
“This offered Baltimore Sun Media the opportunity to fulfill its mission to inform the public and hold government accountable at an extremely crucial time when readers needed trusted resources to make potentially life and death decisions,” he said. “With breaking news, in-depth enterprise, commentary, visuals, charts, graphics and frequently asked questions, the staff at Baltimore Sun Media has been a resource for the communities it serves to help readers understand testing, vaccines, restrictions, etc., throughout the pandemic.”